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Spring 2012

The Open Book

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Tutor Training: Making It Work for You

Tutor's Corner

Volunteers Voices

Greater Augusta Reads

Quotes of the Month

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5th Annual Spring SCRABBLE® Tournament

people playing scrabbleWe are pleased to announce our upcoming 5th Annual Team SCRABBLE Tournament. Join us Sunday, March 25th, from 1-4pm at the Senator Inn and Spa, for an afternoon of fun and games—all for a great cause. This year's special guest judge is none other than Bill Stokes, the mayor of Augusta! If you see him, please thank him for joining us.

How can you participate?

Register: register yourself—or your team of up to four players—by March 21st. The team registration fee is $40; the individual registration fee is $10. You can find the registration form here on our website, drop by our office to pick up a form, or you can call us, (207) 626-3440, and we'll mail it to you. There are also lots of local places where you can pick up a copy, including Lithgow Library, the Gardiner, Belgrade, and Hallowell Public Libraries, or at the Augusta Hannaford and Shaw's stores.

Collect Pledges: Just like you would for a walk-a-thon: the pledge sheet is on the same brochure as the registration form. The money raised goes right into our adult literacy programs and goes on to help members of our local communities. Those who collect the most pledge money will win special prizes. There will also be door prizes, as well as ribbons and bragging rights for the winning teams.

Play SCRABBLE! Come to the Senator Inn on March 25th. Don't forget to register by March 21st to join the fun! We hope to see you there!


Tutor Training: Making It Work for You

tutorsDue to popular demand, we have changed our tutor training schedule to more easily fit the busy schedules of our volunteers.

Many of you may remember coming to our office one evening each week for six weeks or so to take our tutor training workshop.

In 2010, we also started offering Just in Time tutor training, where new volunteers attended an intensive 4-hour workshop, followed up by additional individual support.

We kept track of all our volunteers – how many signed up for each type of workshop, how many volunteers actually went on to tutor, and how many tutors from each type of training continue to tutor.

We found that more volunteers enjoyed the shorter schedule, and more of those became active tutors. Many are still with us - Thank you!

In response, we have revised our training schedule to include a 2-hour general orientation to our agency, followed up by two evening sessions, either on Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday. Volunteers may choose to do the orientation anytime, and then choose whatever tutor training session best fits their schedule.

Orientations and workshops will be offered in March, May, September and October. You can see the complete schedule here on our website.

We have also scheduled tutor support workshops to take place in February, April, June, September and November. These workshops will be held one evening and will focus on a specific topic – the February workshop we recently held was all about our assessment process for new students.

Please join us for the next tutor support workshop on Tuesday, April 3 from 5:30 – 8pm, when the topic will be "Tutor Talk"!

Trained tutors will have an opportunity to come together to talk about what is working for them, ask questions and get advice from other tutors. It is also a great time to check out some of the new resources we have in our new readers' library.

Please call Jenny or Frances at the office, (207) 626-3440, to sign up for this opportunity! Snacks will be provided.

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Tutors Corner

March is National Nutrition Month!

We have a number of great resources from Healthy Maine Partnerships that you can use with your student to help make healthy choices when it comes to food. They have provided us with a lot of free material on portion control and facts on fats that we would love to share with any tutors who could use it in their lessons.

You can also visit for some great ideas!


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Volunteers Voices

of SooSoo Parkhurst currently resides in Readfield, Maine. She works at Stained Glass Express, a business owned by her family, and at the United Way of Kennebec Valley. She has been involved with the United Way Allocations Committee for the past three years. In 2011, she and her family co-chaired the United Way "You Can Change a Life" campaign, which raises funds for the fifty-two programs supported by our United Way.

Soo attended Suffolk University in Boston and the University of Southern Maine and graduated with a degree in criminology. She had a change of heart—and of careers—when she realized she just wanted to help people and put smiles on their faces. Soo joined the LVA board in September.

"I am so honored that I was asked to be on the LVA Board this year," writes Soo. "I have always felt that success and health all starts with education. I want to be a part of furthering this initiative to help educate others. I want them to be able to consider reading a positive and fun experience that will stay with them throughout their entire lives."

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Greater Augusta Reads

This month:
Augusta, Maine

Betsy Pohl is the Director at Lithgow Library in Augusta. She still finds time to read, even when she's busy! Currently, Betsy is reading A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny. She recommends this book, saying:

"The most recent of a mystery series set in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, this novel is remarkable for its fully developed characters, bucolic village setting and twisty plot.

"Chief Armand Gamache and his detective team investigate the confounding murder of an art critic in a local artist Clare Morrow's garden. Like Clare's paintings, nothing is as it first appears!"

Photo Credit: Licensed by Creative Commons by qnr

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Quotes of the Month:

"Teaching reading IS rocket science."
- Louisa Moats

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."
- Victor Hugo

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install.
A lovely bookshelf on the wall."

- Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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