Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County Offers – Workshop on Literacy and Reading Disabilities

Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County is pleased to announce that it will offer a free workshop at the Belfast Free Library for those interested in literacy and the learning difficulties associated with reading fluency.  The workshop is intended for prospective or active tutors as well as for community members who simply want to learn more about the development of literacy and reading skills for themselves, a family or community member. In a partnership between Bella Books and Literacy Volunteers, those who register for this free workshop will be eligible for a chance to win a book from the bookstore.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 8:30 am-1:00.  It will be presented by reading specialist, Dr. Robin Lovrien with a brief tutor information session component provided by Literacy Volunteers coordinator, Denise Pendleton.

This hands-on workshop will cover some nuts and bolts issues of reading problems and what you can do about them, why visual fluency is important and how you can build it, and some multi-sensory activities to teach and practice phonics.  For those seeking information about becoming a tutor, the workshop will offer a one-hour overview and orientation from 12-1:00. Another goal of the workshop is promote literacy skills that will enable adults for participation in civic life. “This workshop is designed to inspire and inform anyone interested in literacy, including new and prospective tutors, as well as all educators and community members.  As many as 1 in 5 individuals have learning and attention issues, so there is a great need for better understanding of them.”  Morning refreshments will be offered and those staying for the orientation are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

Robin Lovrien M. Sp. Ed: LD Ph.D. (Candidate)  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 then 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 what recent research in neuroscience and in reading difficulties across languages is finding that can inform us about how our learners read and why the process is not always as smooth as we expect.

Denise has a Master’s in Creative Writing and is the recipient of the Correll Fellowship in Literacy Education at University of Maine in Orono.  She was founder and director of the Maine Humanities Council Born to Read program and delivered many workshops to early childhood educators on best practices for reading aloud to children.  She now serves as Coordinator of Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County and Outreach Coordinator for the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, combining her love of books with her passion for social justice.

Literacy Volunteers provides free, confidential services to adults (ages 18 and older) who would like to improve their reading, writing, math, and/or computer skills. Trained volunteers work one-to-one with adults (often in the library and at Belfast Adult Ed) and one-hour learning sessions are scheduled around work and other obligations. Assistance is available for native speakers as well as new English learners.

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County is to empower adult learners by increasing their literacy skills, improving opportunity through reading, and enhancing a culture of literacy within our community.  To register for a class or FMI about becoming a learning partner student or tutor with Literacy Volunteers, please contact the coordinator at 207-338-3197  or Litvolwc@rsu71.org.