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Spring 2010

The Open Book

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Greater Augusta Reads

Your Town
Hallowell, Maine

Scrabble Fun

Welcome New Tutors

Tutor Tips

Chinese Proverbs

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First Annual "See Spot Run" 5K Run/Jog/Walk for Literacy

See Spot Run 5K logo

The course begins at the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta and will follow the Greenway Trail along the east shore of the Kennebec River. It is open for all runners, joggers, and walkers; dogs are welcome if they are on a leash at all times. Snacks and beverages will be available at the end of the race. There will also be drawings at that time for special give away prizes that have been donated for the event.

Pre-Register for $15 by Wednesday, May 5, 2010 to guarantee yourself a T-shirt featuring our mascot, Spot!  Registration on the day of the race is $20. A registration form is also on our website.

Participants can check in at 7:30am on race day in the Kennebec Arsenal parking lot. The event will begin at 8:30 am.

Extra T-shirts will be given out on a first come, first served basis.There is no guarantee of a T-shirt unless you pre-register.

We also need more volunteers to help with everything from checking in runners, signage, directing participants, distributing T-shirts etc. Please call the LVA office at 626-3440 or email to sign up to help!!

Our Gold Sponsor is Century 21 Alliance of Hallowell.

Century 21 Alliance logo


Greater Augusta Reads

Charlotte Warren is active, if not a downright whirlwind. So being the mayor of the small, vibrant mid-Maine city is a great fit. She took office January 4th after having served eight years on City Council including two as the Council Chair. Being a literal mover, she has had to force herself to slow down long enough for reading. “I would rather be 'doing something' but I do carve out time in my life to read. It has to be a conscious decision.”

“When I think back to my early reading, I remember having a voracious appetite for the entire Little House on the Prairie series. I grew up on a farm so the connection was clear to me. Also Agatha Christie mysteries-I had every single one in paperback!”

Charlotte WarrenWhat about reading for recreation? “I always have more than one book going. Since I always read non-fiction - and they are generally of self-improvement or political nature, I work on them like they are classes or educational opportunities. Generally, I read a chapter or two and then spend a lot of time reflecting before I move on to the next.” At present she has three books in process; Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity, and Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. She also subscribes to and read a weekly news magazine: The Week: Everything You Need to Know About Everything That Matters. Mayor Warren's favorite? No hesitation - David Sedaris and his best-seller Me Talk Pretty One Day is at the top of her list.

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Your Town - Hallowell

Publishing Center of New England?

Hallowell, Maine

Driving through downtown Hallowell today it’s easy to imagine life in the 1800s if you subtract the cars, the wires and the lights. The buildings along Water Street date back to the time before railroads, when some sailing ships called the city a home port. At that time the riverside community was a publishing center second only to Boston.

The Eastern Star, printed in Hallowell in 17941 by Howard S. Robinson, was the first newspaper published in Kennebec County.  In 1797 Robinson published the first book of fiction printed in the District of Maine, Female Friendship, or the Innocent Sufferer: A Moral Lecture.  During the next two decades, Hallowell printers published 179 books, making it a center of printing and publishing at the time of statehood. 

By 1820, Hallowell had two weekly newspapers which represented the two political parties of the time: the Hallowell Gazette (Federalist) and the American Advocate (Republican/Democrat). Later, an abolitionist paper, the Liberty Standard, was published here as was the Maine Cultivator and Hallowell Gazette. The popular Maine Farmer’s Almanac was also published in Hallowell and for 60 years.

Hubbard LibraryIn 1880, the first public library building in the State of Maine was erected in Hallowell. Designed by A.C. Currier and built with granite donated by the Bodwell Granite Company, it is often mistaken for a chapel or church. A gift from Gen. Thomas Hubbard was instrumental in getting things rolling. The one stipulation – there was to be no charge for borrowing books. Eliza Clark Lowell, a descendant of the city's first settler, Deacon Clark Pease, funded the addition of 2 graceful wings to the original design prompting admirers to label it "The Jewel of Second Street."

Today, the Hubbard Free Library is a center of literary life and along with the Kennebec Valley Art Association, numerous galleries, restaurants, the Gaslight Theater, and a vibrant music scene, Hallowell is a delight to the eye, ear, and soul.

Scrabble Fun

Judge Dan Wathen renders a decisionOur Team Scrabble Tournament on March 28 raised $4,100 for LV-A! Thanks again to all of our wonderful sponsors and to our word-wise friends who brought in pledges and everyone who came to play!

Special thanks to our special guest judge, Dan Wathen and also to Arlene McVety, Georgia Spencer and Cindy White for bringing in the most in pledges!

Congratulations again to all of our winners:

Social Side:
1st: Scrabble Sisters
2nd: WinGard
3rd: Wordy Ladies

Competitive Category:

Scrabble photos contributed by John Brandt visit his Flickr site for more images.

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Welcome New Tutors

LV-A is pleased to have five exceptional new tutors who completed our latest tutor training workshop on April 10. They are Emily Greeley of Waterville, Travis York of Hallowell, Amy Mailman of Monmouth, Patricia Boisvert of China and Arlene McVety of Augusta.

Amy and Patricia are already matched with students and are excited to begin tutoring. Arlene will be off to Zambia later this month to volunteer with the non-profit organization WISE (Women's Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower) and is looking forward to taking her new tutoring skills to share with the community there. (See for more information!)

Since our student population is quickly growing, we anticipate that all of our available tutors will be matched!

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Tutor Tips

Tutor Tip: Remember, you can still keep in touch with your student even if summer vacations take you away for a bit.

Learning Edge is an online interactive newspaper which has articles and quizzes for adult students at various levels. While the issues were developed several years ago, the topics are still relevant. This is a great tool for students interested in multi-media literacy activities. Check it out at:

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Chinese Proverbs:

A book is like a garden, carried in a pocket.

You cannot open a book without learning something.