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Monday, March 27; 1:00-4:00 pm Session 1 of LVWC Training

posted Mar 13, 2017, 7:57 PM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:58 PM ]

Developing More Effective Reading: Phonological Processing Skills and Fluency

with Robin Lovrien Schwarz

Training description:  Phonological processing skills (PPS) underlie all reading and writing.  As tutors, we need to make sure these skills are strong in "challenged" readers. You will learn about PPS and easy ways to assess and strengthen them.  Visual fluency also adds tremendously to reading success, but is often overlooked when helping struggling readers. In this session you will also learn simple techniques for developing greater visual fluency in your learning partners.

Trainer bio:  Robin Lovrien Schwarz, M. Sp. Ed: LD Ph.D.  was a reading specialist for nearly 20 years and received her early training as a remedial reading tutor  at the Kingsbury Center, a Washington D.C.-based institution and school dedicated to serving children and adults with learning differences.  Lovrien worked with struggling readers of all ages at the Lab School of Washington for many years, and has applied her knowledge to examining the issues of reading and reading difficulties in ESOL. She has been a consultant, trainer, and writer in the field of learning difficulties and disabilities in adult ESOL learners for more than 20 years.  Lovrien particularly loves to continue learning about the recent research in neuroscience and in reading difficulties across languages as it informs how our learners read and why the process is not always as smooth as we expect.

NOTE:  Session 2 of LVWC Training: Strategies for Gaining Vocabulary & Comprehension will be offered in April/May; Date TBD

Please  RSVP  (ideally by March 22)  if you plan to attend this training. [email:]


posted Feb 22, 2017, 12:38 PM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 10:44 AM by Denise Pendleton ]

For more information:
Phone: 207.338.3197 (ask for Denise)

Waldo County Technical Center

Announcing A Brand New Little Library

posted Jan 25, 2017, 9:00 AM by Kathleen Kearns

This Little Library, just built by literacy volunteer Cloe Chunn and helper Bill Smith, will be installed at Searsport Elementary School. Two more Little Libraries are being built by WCTC students, to be installed in Brooks and downtown Searsport.

Read Across America, March 2017—Volunteer to Read!

posted Jan 7, 2017, 11:13 AM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Jan 7, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Read Across America is a national reading celebration commemorating the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2nd. Volunteers will read to elementary aged school children in our area schools on various days in March.  Senior College Community Service Committee is coordinating volunteers. They are seeking volunteers to read for 30 min. in local elementary schools.


For more information, email Wendy C. Kasten ( with your name and phone number. Please let us know if you have experience reading to children ages 5-11. If you have a school preference, you can let us know that, too. Thank you!

Little Libraries Popping Up All Over

posted Jan 7, 2017, 11:09 AM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Jan 7, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

BELFAST, Maine — A few years ago, Tim Hughes of Belfast came across a small, free outdoor library while visiting California, and he was smitten.

“I thought, that’s a cool idea,” he remembered, and he decided to start his own free library back home.

After finding an old artillery box at Liberty Tool, filling it with books and putting it outside his house on the corner of Spring and Cross streets in downtown Belfast, he and his wife, Cris Hughes, sat back and waited to see what would happen. It didn’t take long for the community to notice his box of books, he said.

“People love it, actually,” he said. “It’s really fun. People stop by and peruse the books. There’s a notebook, and people leave us little notes, so it’s fun. It’s totally free, and it’s a little tiny service there.”

Hughes didn’t realize at first that his small box of free books fits right into a movement that is growing around the state, the nation and even the world. It’s hard to know exactly where it began, but a Wisconsin man in 2009 built a model of a one-room schoolhouse, filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. Todd Bol’s schoolhouse book box was the beginning of the official Little Free Library movement, which aims to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.

The grass-roots effort is clearly catching on. As of this June, there were 40,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 states and in over 70 countries. In Maine, there are official Little Free Libraries all over, from Stockholm to York and from Eastport to Mount Vernon. Bangor has six registered libraries, including ones located close to Hayford Park, Broadway Park and in other downtown locales.

“We have a lot of people pass by our street, and we thought this would be a good way to get people to read and come together as a community,” Alisa Roberts, who maintains the Little Free Library on Cottage Street in Bangor, wrote on the official map.

Old Town has just one registered Little Free Library located on Woodland Avenue, close to Pushaw Lake. The wooden structure was built by the children of a woman who was an avid reader who died a few years ago. They wanted to find a way to honor her memory and stumbled upon an article about the libraries in an issue of Parade Magazine.

“We decided that would provide the perfect vehicle to keep her memory alive,” her children wrote on the official map to the libraries.

Waldo County has no official, registered book exchanges, but sharp-eyed residents may have noticed more small and sometimes whimsical library boxes popping up around the region. Thanks to an effort by the Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, there are free library boxes located on Bridge Street in Belfast, at the Belfast Transfer Station and at Swan Lake Grocery in Swan Lake. More will be coming soon, according to Denise Pendleton, the coordinator of the local Literacy Volunteers group.

“A volunteer said, ‘I have more books than I know what to do with,’” she said, adding that someone in the group knew about the free library on Spring Street and about the international movement.

And so they decided to start building little libraries of their own.

“Some folks who are not serious readers might feel intimidated by going into a public library,” Pendleton said. “For these, you don’t have to get a library card. You can be a resident from anywhere and use the library. And even though the slogan is ‘take a book, leave a book,’ you don’t have to leave a book right then and there.”

The local program is called the WaldoReads Little Library, she said, and each library has a volunteer steward who checks it every week to make sure there are enough books, that it’s in good shape and that it’s well cared for.

Volunteer Wendy Kasten is in charge of the little library on Spring Street. On a recent foggy morning she checked it, pulling out an art textbook that hadn’t moved in several weeks and replacing it with different selections.

“It’s getting a lot of use,” she said of the library. “We thought probably no one was going to use it in the middle of winter, but they did.”

Article taken from Bangor Daily News -

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Waldo County Literacy Volunteers Enjoy An Outing at Belfast City Park

posted Jul 18, 2016, 11:57 AM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 2:36 PM ]

Waldo County Literacy Volunteers at an outing in Belfast City Park
Denise Pendleton, the program director of Waldo County Literacy Volunteers, had the opportunity to join an outing at Belfast City Park with tutors David and Ronny, who were there with their student Justin, and his two sons.  We were joined by Lynn, who was Justin’s first tutor when he started with the program about two years ago.  Justin has been working on his reading, writing and math skills to prepare him for Adult Ed high school diploma classes.  Once his two boys are in school next year, he will finally have time to go back to school himself.  Justin is also studying to take his drivers’ license test.  He loves learning about science, and with his tutor, he wrote this reflection about life on Mars:

My Thoughts About Mars

If I go to Mars, everything will be a lot different.  It would be a long trip to Mars.  It’s not like Earth.  The sand is red.  The ozone layer is thin and there is no oxygen.  Also, there is no ocean or plants.  In other words, it’s a dry planet.

But if humans are going to live on Mars, they will have to build a big bubble.  They will have oxygen inside the bubble.  They will find a will to grow crops and make water.  During the day it’s very hot and at night it is very cold.

The planet has nothing to protect itself from sun radiation.

Mars is a mystery and we may not fully understand how we can be prepared to live on Mars. 

Creating Your Own Tutor Toolbox

posted Jul 18, 2016, 11:46 AM by Kathleen Kearns   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 11:59 AM ]

Waldo County Literacy Volunteers at a training event June 2016
Waldo County Literacy Volunteers preparing toolboxes at a literacy training event June 2016
Fourteen literacy volunteers came to the Adult Ed Center on a beautiful summer afternoon, to participate in a session on “Creating Your Own Tutor Toolbox,” offered by Dr. Robin Lovrien.  She delivered a wealth of information on using game-based teaching methods  to practice phonological skills. Volunteers took out their scissors, their colored markers and index cards to create variations of “Go Fish,” “Concentration” and board games that provide activities for rhyming, and word, syllable and sound awareness.  

“Uncork Your Love for Literacy”

posted Jun 10, 2016, 10:13 AM by Denise Pendleton   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 7:32 AM ]

“Uncork Your Love for Literacy”

Wine-Tasting Fundraiser at Good Kettle


The public is invited to come to the Good Kettle restaurant in Stockton Springs to enjoy a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County on Thursday, June 16, 6-8 pm.  Those who visit the wine-tasting will have the opportunity to learn about new wine varieties and to support adult literacy services in Waldo County.  All purchases made will offer a portion of the proceeds toward Literacy Volunteers.  The Good Kettle, located on 247 Route One, enters its sixth season offering home style eating and carry out in addition to fine wine, local products and packed picnics.

Literacy Volunteers Saved from Chopping Block

posted Apr 29, 2016, 8:52 AM by Denise Pendleton   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 8:55 AM ]

waldo reads literacy volunteers student Dana Linscott
Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County has been a trusted community resource for 30 years. Since 2014, it has been part of the Adult Education Program in Waldo County.

In a shocking and surprising reversal, its sole funder, RSU71, proposed the elimination of funding for Literacy Volunteers for 2016-2017, effective as of July 1st. Without any warning to prepare for such a possibility, there has been no time to seek alternative funding.

Thanks to the advocacy of concerned citizens who spoke out by contacting school board members, Literacy Volunteers was re-instated into the school budget by the Board at its April meeting. 

If you want to read more, go to Bangor Daily News story.

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