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March 2013

The Open Book

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March Tutor Training

Tutor's Corner

Raffle for Literacy

Greater Augusta Reads - Belgrade Maine

Literacy for ME

Quotes of the Month

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6th Annual Spring SCRABBLE® Tournament

Join us Sunday, March 17th, from 1-4pm at the Senator Inn and Spa, for an afternoon of fun and games—all for a great cause.

How can you participate? Play or Volunteer!

Register yourself - or your team of up to four players - by March 12th. The team registration fee is $40; the individual registration fee is $12. 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 send it to you in the mail.

There are also lots of local businesses and libraries where you can pick up a copy, including Lithgow Library, the Gardiner Public Library, and the Whitten Road and Hospital Street Hannafords. Collect Pledges just like you would for a walk-a-thon. The money raised goes directly into our adult literacy programs, which help members of our local communities. Those who collect the most will win special prizes: this year's grand prizes include a Kindle Fire and a Keurig coffee machine. There will also be door prizes!

Play Scrabble! Come play at the Senator Inn on March 17th. Don't forget to register by March 12th! We hope to see you there! SCRABBLE not enough? How about a Raffle at Scrabble?


March Tutor Training

tutorsThis year's second tutor training opportunity is coming right up. We hope you'll join us at our office for volunteer orientation on Tuesday, March 14th, from 5:30-8:00 pm.

If you've already been through orientation, you can RSVP for the rest of the training, held the following Tuesday and Thursday (March 19th and 21st) from 5:30-8:00 pm. In just three evenings, you can become one of our tutors and help change peoples' lives.

Pass this along to anyone you know who's looking for a great volunteer opportunity, too - we love to see new faces.

For more information about this event, please call our office 626-3440.

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Tutors Corner

Can't quite remember some of those old math & English lessons from your school days?

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by Salmon Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. Through the Khan Academy website, anyone is able to access a free online collection of more than 3,900 brief lectures in video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching everything from basic math to algebra and calculus, grammar, history, computer science and a host of other educational topics. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long – perfect for incorporating into a lesson or even just for your personal enjoyment. Khan Academy has delivered over 227 million lessons.

Languages available: English, Indonesian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Swahili, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Xhosa, Greek, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Bengali, Hindi, Chinese

Special thanks to LVA tutor Janet Downes for directing us to this wonderful on-line resource!

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Raffle for Literacy

quiltAt this year's spring SCRABBLE tournament, we'll be raffling off a quilt, made by one of our volunteers, Vickie Frost-Reynolds. The quilt (pictured at right) is approximately 50 by 60 inches. It's a lovely variation on the traditional quilt pattern "Patience Corners," done in red, white, and blue. The borders are quilted with five-pointed stars, and the blocks have been tacked with coordinating red, white, and blue thread.

Raffle tickets cost $2 each or $5 for 3. These tickets can be purchased through the LVA office before March 17th, and at the tournament (on the 17th) until 3:30pm.

The quilt will be raffled off at the end of the SCRABBLE tournament.



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Literacy for ME - Literacy for All

Literacy for Me logoLVA Affiliate Director Jenny Small has recently joined a group of community representatives charged with making a comprehensive plan for improving the literacy skills of all Augusta residents – from birth through adulthood. This initiative, titled Literacy for ME, is part of the State Literacy Plan through the Maine Department of Education. It recognizes that the increasing demands for a variety of literacy skills and rapidly changing technology make it necessary for us to modify our perceptions of literacy, literacy instruction, and the role of literacy in our daily lives.

Jenny joins Zane Clement, Adult Education Director at the Kennebec Learning Center, teachers, principals, and literacy experts from the Augusta School System, representatives from pre-schools, parents, and other state agencies.

More information about the Literacy For ME initative is on their website.



Greater Augusta Reads

This month:
Belgrade, Maine

Belgrade Public Libraryby Emma Prichard

Thanks to the hard work of the staff and volunteers of Belgrade Public Library, the Library has moved, from the ‘hobbit hole’ in the Belgrade Center for All Seasons, to a new location at 124 Depot Road, Belgrade. Library patrons (myself included) are thrilled with the new location.

The newly built building on the Depot Road offers a more open space for library patrons to browse books or to sit and read. High speed wireless internet is available, along with computers and several wireless devices, including a new iPad 2, are available for public use. The library’s fireplace and big windows provide a cozy reading space for everybody, from seniors to elementary students, who can now walk to the library from nearby Belgrade Central School.

Belgrade Public Library provides numerous services and programs for the library patrons. Children’s programs include a weekly story time, a summer reading program, and nature and science activities through the Chewonki and other organizations. For adults, there is basic computer training, resume and job search assistance, as well as a printer, scanner and fax available.

As for me, the staff at Belgrade Public Library have been incredibly accommodating. I recently took advantage of the library’s inter-library loan program. The staff hunted down a now out-of-print copy of The Time of My Life, the autobiography of World War II era socialite, adventurer, and spy, Gertrude Sanford Legendre. The book, despite Legendre’s very straight forward writing style, is a wonderful escape into a world of fashionable parties and African safaris. Legendre is perhaps most famous for the quote “I do not contemplate life, I live it.”

Belgrade Public Library’s Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 10-7; Wed. 3-7; and Fri. 10-1


Photo Credits in this issue: Images licensed by Creative Commons by qnr, Noel Reynolds

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Quotes of the Month:

"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."
- B.F. Skinner

"Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are."
- Anonymous

"Allowing yourself to stop reading a book -at page 25, 50, or even, less frequently, a few chapters from the end - is a rite of passage in a reader's life, […] the moment at which you look at yourself and announce 'Today I am an adult. I can make my own decisions.'"
- Sara Nelson

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