The Open Book - Masthead
February 2011

The Open Book

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LVA Receives Accreditation

Greater Augusta Reads

Your Town
Readfield, Maine

Welcome New Neighbors

Community Literacy Labs Formed

Tutor Tips

Chinese Proverbs

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4th Annual Spring Team Scrabble Tournament

Play scrabbleJoin us the the 4th Annual Spring Team Scrabble to take place on Sunday, March 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Once again, the event will be held at the Senator Inn on Western Ave in Augusta. Sit with us a spell and play!

Complete details can be found on our website!

PS: Look for some great Scrabble words to know and a helpful strategy clue hidden in this newsletter.

Save the Date - May 15th

Sunday, May 15th will be the 2nd Annual See Spot 5K Run -Jog - Walk for Literacy along the Kennebec River. More information will be posted soon.

See Spot Run logo


LVA Receives National Accreditation

Accredited program of ProLiteracyOn January 24th, the accreditation of Literacy Volunteers of Great Augusta (LVA) was renewed by ProLiteracy. LVA has served communities in Kennebec County for 38 years helping adults improve their reading, mathematics, listening, writing, speaking, and technology skills. Jane Hugo, ProLiteracy's Vice-President of Programs and Services, says, "We are proud to continue Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta on our growing list of accredited organizations. They have demonstrated that their program meets the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs and that their services to the community are effective. We applaud the many volunteers, staff, and students who have devoted their time and effort to achieve this goal."


Greater Augusta Reads... Readfield

Lynette Johnson is the board chair for the Maranacook School District which includes Readfield, Wayne, Mount Vernon and Manchester. She lives in Wayne with her husband, two kids, dogs, cats, a guinea pig and a goat! Lynette works in the education department at Family Planning Association. When she isn't running her kids around to various activities, taking care of animals or attending school board meetings, she tries to find time to knit and go skiing with her family.  Every now and then, she even finds time to read a good book.

"I've recently read Ivan Doig's The Whispering Season about a one-room school house in Montana in the early 1900s. The story centers around a boy and the impact the school, a non-traditional teacher and rural life has on him. It made me think of my own grandfather who grew up on a farm in South Dakota and also rode his horse to school, became a teacher, and then a school administrator - just like the boy in the story. Even though it's a 100 years later, I was amazed at the similarities with the issues they faced that we still face today with our rural school...and how important they are to our kids and communities."

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Your Town - Readfield

The Elmwood Hotel in Readfield CornerThe town of Readfield used to be a part of Winthrop until 1791 when it was incorporated as its own separate town. It now has about 2,200 residents who live on and around the four lakes, winding streams and hills that the surround the town.

Readfield can be divided into four distinct areas: Readfield Corner, Kents Hill, Readfield Depot and East Readfield. Readfield Corner became a commercial center in the late 1840's as the result of two railroads - the Androscoggin and the Kennebec, which passed through town. Kents Hill gained notoriety in the 1820's when Luther Sampson established the Maine Wesleyan Seminary which later became Kents Hill School. The Readfield Historical Society is located in the old schoolhouse at Readfield Depot.

Nelson Gordon's store at Readfield DepotReadfield is also the native town of three Maine governors—Jonathan G. Hunton (#9), John Hubbard (#22) and Anson P. Morrill (#24).

In 1905, Readfield was the center of attention throughout the country when the still unsolved murder of Mattie Hackett hit the newspapers. You can read about the story in the book, In Search of Mattie Hackett, A True Maine Murder Mystery by Maine author, Emeric W. Spooner.

Pictures are from the Readfield Historical Society's picture Collection. Top photo is of the Elmwood Hotel in Readfield Corner. The bottom photo is of Nelson Gordon's store at Readfield Depot which provided various sundries and staples. Mr. Gordon was also the postmaster.

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Welcome New Neighbors

LVA is also pleased to be partnering with their new neighbors at 12 Spruce Street! Gallant Therapy Services, which runs "The Job Club" moved into the office next door in January. Their organization provides pre-vocational opportunities for adults with disabilities. They also run an Explore program to expose their clients to pathways to healthy living. Members of the Job Club will be volunteering in our office by cleaning and assisting with some of our mailings. We thank them for their volunteer work with us!

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Tutor Tips

Teaching common prefixes and suffixes (beginnings & endings of words) to our learners can help them decipher long words more quickly and efficiently. For example, automatically knowing that -tion and -sion sound like "shun", means less time decoding the entire word which will lead to improved fluency & comprehension.

Also, many prefixes and suffixes give us clues to the meaning of a word. Share with your student that when a word ends in -ology, it means "the study of something" (biology, theology, ecology etc.); if a word begins with oct-, it means that it has something to do with the number 8.

Watch for those and other common beginnings & endings on words and when you run across something in reading with your student and take the opportunity for a mini vocabulary lesson!

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New Community Partners!

We are pleased to now be joining forces with 3 other agencies to provide literacy services:

LVA is excited to be operating these three Community Literacy Labs in Augusta. Board member, Bob McIntire, brought this concept to us after attending an adult education conference in Chicago last fall. There he learned about a program run by a literacy organization in Indianapolis called Indy Reads which has been very well received by both tutors and learners. In this model, LVA enters into a formal agreement with specific sites to provide a Reading Coach at scheduled times to assist clients and potential students with literacy support. The Reading Coach offers free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring services on an as-needed basis. The Community Literacy Lab concept not only provides LVA with a better presence in the community, but also offers a greater opportunity to reach students as well as offering more opportunities for tutors who want to be involved but who cannot commit to a regular tutoring schedule.

If you are interested in more information about our Literacy Lab program, or would like to volunteer at one of our sites, please call Jenny at 626-3440.

We are always looking for more volunteers!

Thank you!!

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Chinese Proverb:

A book tightly shut is but a block of paper.

Scrabble Hints....

Some great 2-letter words to know for Scrabble: ab, de, ex, ne, ti, xi, ho, os, yo