Eastern Cowley County Resource Center

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ECCRC Family Literacy & Education Programs


Eastern Cowley County Resource Center & Lighthouse Library

107 S Main, PO Box 40

Dexter, KS 67038

(620) 876-7323(620) 876-7323 or (620) 876-READ


ECCRC Programs are funded by donations and by two sustaining projects - the Grouse Valley Lodge and the Treasure Chest Thrift Store. You can join in our funding drive for 2016. This year's drive is to get a small fish bowl, allow children to decorate it with stickers, and put your loose change into it throughout the year. Either take your coins to the Emerald Bank in Burden and ask them to deposit them into the ECCRC account or drop them by Lighthouse Library in Dexter, Kansas at 107 S Main. It is estimated that you will save over $100 in coins over the course of the year. If 100 people do the same, most of the entire annual budget for ECCRC will be met. Help fund literacy programs using this fun, painless way to donate. 

Summer Club: Pre-K - 12th
July 1st - July 31st (Every Thursday & Friday, 8:00 - 4:30) - No Cost
Look for our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/LighthouseAcademyOfKansas/ 
For more information: eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com

We assist with your Education goals. 

  • Computer Workshops
  • ROBOTICS Program
  • K-12 Online/Onsite Program
  • Excellent field trip site
  • Lighthouse Academy Program
  • Home school resource
  • Quilting Workshops
  • Food Bank
  • Children's After School Programs
  • FREE Family Outdoor Movie Nights (in season)
  • FREE Family Community Events (Quarterly)
  • Literacy Skills Groups
  • Prenatal Education -Free Car Seats for program participants
  • CPR/First Aid Training Workshops
  • Adult Diploma Plus - Finish High School
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Internship Program Partner - CCCC
  • Workforce Partner
  • Rental Cabin on Site (GROUSE VALLEY LODGE) Proceeds go to ECCRC
  • Thrift Shop on site (Treasure Chest) Proceeds go to ECCRC
  • 25 ft. working lighthouse in Courtyard
  • Community Deck - Huge Deck - use for community events
  • Huge Salt-Water Aquarium in Lighthouse Library

Each year we complete a 990 tax form which is logged with GuideStar where ECCRC has a Gold level. This is your assurance of transparency of all funds. Thank you for your tax deductible contributions. You continued donations sponsor literacy and other programs at ECCRC for the benefit of others. It is amazing that small donations built a library in a community where there was not one for a 20 mile radius. To help pay the utilities and keep programs open, please donate: ECCRC, PO Box 40, Dexter, KS 67038. 

We are just getting started at our new site at 107 S Main in Dexter, KS. Contact ECCRC for more program information at: eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com  Visit the Lighthouse Academy of Kansas on facebook: Lighthouse Academy of Kansas

or online at:  http://lighthouseacademyofkansas.webs.com/ http://lighthouseacademyofkansas.webs.com/

Through the academy, work on your high school lessons at home using the internet or on-site at Lighthouse Library in the computer lab.  For enrollment packet, visit the Lighthouse Academy website. This is a full K-12 program and is registered with the Kansas State Department of Education as a Private School. We also have other programs to accomplish your educational goals. There is no cost for our programs. 


Next Big Event - CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE - December 5, 2015.

Tour all the fun and exciting things at ECCRC. Lighthouse Library will be open with the help of our host, Mrs. Claus. There will be a children's reading group in front of the moc-fireplace. Children will receive goodie bags and a free book. Hot cocoa and cookies for everyone. Enjoy the HUGE saltwater aquarium while you are visiting.

Shop in the Treasure Chest Store on the site. Lots of gifts and decorations available. The store features a huge collection of denim clothing - all sizes. There is also a denim-bling section - denim with a flair for your holiday parties. There are lots of new items and lots of household items such as lamps, candles, and shelves.

Peek in the Grouse Valley Lodge on the site. It will be warm and cozy with its gas fireplace. The ocean theme is just darling. It features a full kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, cook stove, toaster, coffee pot, pans and dishes. The bathroom has a shower and tub. Downstairs is a full bed and pull-out couch and upstairs has a full bed and twin bed. The decor is just darling. It received a fresh coat of paint in October. The cottage opened in the fall of 2013 - so this is its one-year anniversary. It will be decked out for the holidays. To reserve The Grouse Valley Lodge: https://www.flipkey.com/dexter-cabin-rentals/p584201/ The cost is $45.00 per night. Proceeds go to help fund Lighthouse Library. 

DRAWING - for a Large Christmas Stocking filled with Children's toys and books. Winner announced via facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse.Library.ECCRC  Winner also announced via media sources.

Children's Friday Reading Club - Each Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m On some days, we will extend the program time to include lunch for hte kids. Children of any age are welcome to attend. The kids earn Pirate Bucks to spend at the Treasure Chest Store on the site. Program begins the 1st Friday in September and runs through the last Friday in November. 

June 12 - July 29, 2015
Every Wednesday except the week of the 4th of July. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Extended hours for working parents as arranged.

This is a progressive reading club. Participants will enjoy Reading, Crafts, and Activities. The last day the students will dress as their favorite hero. A hero comes in many forms. Some are teachers, nurses, doctors, assembly-line workers, parents, carpenters, etc. Some are super-heros as well as known to most children. Each child will get to have fun exploring many heroes this summer and will enjoy a great literacy program to increase reading skills.

Teen Volunteers are especially needed! Adult volunteers are welcome too. To volunteer or enroll in the program, contact ECCRC at (620) 876-7323 or e-mail: eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com

Lunch is served for everyone who is there. Donations are accepted for food items, snacks, drinks, and of course funding. If you would like to participate by serving on the food committee, please stop by the library or call today.

Summer Reading Club - Every Hero Has A Story
Update: 12 children attended the summer reading program. They enjoyed a cookout where 25 people attended. SKT provided backpaks for the kids. Join in next summer if you missed this time. 


Lighthouse Library - Back Courtyard

Click to add This photo shows part of the Oceanfront Cinema (Outdoor movie theater) in the back courtyard at Lighthouse Library. Thanks to Bette Playford for creating the large lettering for the movie wall. Student Volunteers from USD 471 will be working on the outdoor movie theater this spring as well as setting up the commercial shelving in the library.

Ready to Set up the HUGE Saltwater Aquarium.

We hope you will donate to this interesting project for kids and adults! Having a HUGE Saltwater aquarium will be so much fun for for everyone. There will be a webcam where everyone can view the fish from home. Inland Aquatic Club members can share their project with others as well. And it will be linked to LITERACY Programs at the site. Every $5 donated puts us that much closer to the goal.

We selected the aquarium equipment in early June at the Great Mall of the Plains. Check out our facebook page for updates. Please click on the Blog Tab on this site for specific information about the ECCRC Inland Aquatic Club. Get on the ground-floor of this new club. There are many fun adventures planned for this special group of individuals which will be a mix of children, youth, and adults. See the blog for details. 

The cost for the aquarium and ocean life is $5,000. (UPDATE: As of March 7, 2013, we have raised $2,225.00 toward this goal!) The rewards will be countless - responsibility to the children & youth who help care for the ocean life, the ways to learn about the ocean, and the link to literacy that it can and will provide. Not to mention the just plain old fun it will offer to others - as they peer through the port hole windows on the outside or come inside to see all the fish! To donate, visit this link or send your donation to: ECCRC, PO Box 40, Dexter, KS 67038.


ECCRC/Lighthouse Library

PO Box 40, 107  S Main,                                               Dexter, KS 67038                                                              (620) 876-READ (620) 876-7323



 Watch Hatteberg's People spot on Lighthouse Library. 

 Lighthouse Library on Hatteberg's People



Thanks for your support in 2012. Check out all the new programs in 2013!


 http://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse.Library.ECCRC?ref=ts&fref=ts  There are a lot of good photos on the facebook page. Please stop by the site any time you see us working there. Your input is valuable. As always - we need funding. Small donations built the library for our rural town. Thank you. ECCRC, PO Box 40, Dexter, KS 67038 

Lighthouse Library is Open!  Updates: http://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse.Library.ECCRC

We are ready to sign up volunteers for the Treasure Chest Thrift Store (a sustaining project on the site). We also need help finishing the Outdoor Movie Theater (Oceanfront Cinema) - so we can start the free family movie nights. If you like to paint or are creative, contact us today: eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com We have a seed grant to purchase the needed paint for this project. 

You tax exempt donations will assure that ECCRC literacy programs continue for this rural community. Funding for operating funds, utility bills, office supplies, and program supplies are paid for from your donations. ECCRC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit entering its 10th year soon. Your small donations are what have made the Lighthouse Library (a rural community library) and literacy programs for children and youth available. 

Enrolling for COMPUTER WORKSHOPS: To sign up - e-mail your name, address, and phone number, or write to ECCRC. eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com

NEXT WORKDAY -Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9, 2013.We have some great volunteers from USD 471.Thank-you!

Lighthouse Library Facebook Page at:



Photo journal coming soon to the Lighthouse Library Facebook Page at: http://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse.Library.ECCRC

eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com (620) 876-7323


Southwestern College provided 10 new computers for ECCRC. The computers will be used for many programs. The GED ONLINE Program in partnership with Cowley College begins in April, 2013. To register (free program), e-mail ECCRC at eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com or call (620) 876-READ (7323).The computers are also for the children and youth to use in programs in partnership with the 4-H Extension Office and for adult basic computer workshops. ECCRC has a great Robotics program for youth. The Cowley County 4-H Extension is a wonderful resource for Robotics for children and youth. Their programs have reached across the county over the past two years. We hope to expand our Robotics program with their help.

ECCRC is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2003 with a focus on computers and reading literacy. ECCRC is the sponsor of the Lighthouse Library project, an ocean-themed rural library with a 21,000 book collection.The library plans to display a huge saltwater aquarium and has porthole windows on the front of the building to feature the aquarium.  There is  a 25-ft. lighthouse in the courtyard at the library site. Other things to visit on the site are the Treasure Chest thrift store and Grouse Valley Lodge. - sustaining projects for the library. The Oceanfront Cinema will open in the summer of 2012 - an outdoor family movie theater.The Tiny Heart Chapel is a future project of ECCRC - a free 24/7 roadside chapel that will feature local history.

 A group of volunteers came on July 10, 2012 to work all day at the library by cleaning the library shelving. This group of 42 volunteers  put in a hard day's work that was  appreciated very much. They enjoyed their lunch at the Dexter City Building. Drinks and dessert were provided by ECCRC.


The library has been built with the help of 300 volunteers and via public donations and fundraisers. Volunteers an donations are needed on an ongoing basis: 

The regular Lighthouse Library facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Lighthouse-LibraryECCRC/132896200079546





Grouse Valley Lodge is ready to rent. Proceeds go to help fund Lighthouse Library. Suggested donation to reserve cabin - $45.00. To reserve: eccresourcecenter@yahoo.com or (620) 876-7323. Visit the cabin page on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/GrouseValleyLodge?ref=ts&fref=ts

Click on BLOG Tab For Updates on ECCRC Programs

We are adding an Intern at the ECCRC/Lighthouse Library Site. For more information, contact ECCRC. Visit the Blog for updates in programs at ECCRC.

Video About Library Video Project on U Tube

  Video about Book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLYCVGf5HqA 

To obtain a copy of either book - contact ECCRC. Proceeds go to help fund ECCRC/Lighthouse Library. The books are also available at the Treasure Chest on the site. 

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