December 2017 - Adult Basic Literacy


Happy Holidays!
~ Edie

Basic Literacy Program Director
eventJoin the Party!

Literacy Connects Annual Holiday Reception!

You're invited for snacks, drinks, and fun with other Literacy Connects volunteers, staff, and board members. 
Join us to celebrate the holiday season and all of your hard work! Significant others welcome, too!
Friday, December 8, 2017
Drop-in any time between 4:30 - 7 pm
200 E. Yavapai Rd.

newsProgram News
The Change Agent: Celebrations
Consider using sections of the Celebrations edition of The Change Agent for reading and writing ideas related to holidays and celebrations. The Celebrations issue can be found here, and a full lesson plan using 4 of the articles is also available. Audio versions of articles help students improve reading comprehension by listening to the articles being read aloud while they follow along. Try one out! Email Edie if you need the password to access these resources.

Save the Date -- Super Saturday 2018!
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Literacy Connects

Join us on  Saturday, February 24th  for a morning of learning and fun with other Literacy Connects volunteers! Learn from a wide range of workshops presented by community partners and experts in literacy. Enjoy lunch and social times with other program volunteers. Registration link to follow.

Additional Professional Development opportunities 
  • Observations and coaching of classes or 1:1 sessions (by request of any ABL staff person)
  • Available this month through Reading Seed
  • What's Poppin'? Popular Book Chats with Violet. Join Violet to learn about new books, hot   books, and great books to use with your learners! Each month will highlight books related to a different theme. Theme suggestions welcome!
  • Library and Book Resources
  • Ways to Correct and Redirect Students
  • Details and registration on the Reading Seed PD page.

  • The Literacy Connects offices will be closed from
    Friday, December 22 through Monday, January 1 for the holiday break. We will reopen on January 2, 2018! 
    Happy Holidays!
    actions Community 


    Cox Communications Connect2Compete program offers discounted home internet service to families who qualify. Families receiving some form of government assistance and with at least one K-12 student in the household may be eligible. Share this flyer (in English and Spanish) with your students and other families who may qualify. 

    TED Talk Discussion Group 
    Friday, Dec 1 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Literacy Connects

    Literacy Connects hosts a TED Talk discussion group on the 1st Friday of each month. Bring a bag lunch and meet us in North 1 for the viewing and conversation. This month's talk is  "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  If you attended the Identity, Power & Privilege Summit in November, you had a small taste of this powerful and insightful talk.  No RSVP needed--just show up!

    Hello, Dear Enemy
    Exhibit through mid-December
    World of Words, UA College of Education, Rm 453

    The Worlds of Words collection at the University of Arizona, College of Education is honored to host a powerful collection from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. The picture books and posters on display in this traveling exhibit provide an international perspective on conflict, peace and humanity.  The exhibit focuses on four main themes: Experiences of War, Destruction and Displacement; Power Struggles and the Origin and Escalation of Violence; Prejudice, Ostracism and Imagined Enemies; Utopias of Peace and Anti-War Books.

    Hello, Dear Enemy is free and open to the public from mid-August to mid-December at the World of Words on the UA campus,  1430 E Second St, Room 453. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturday from 9-1. For more information or to schedule a guided tour, contact

    Book Sale!
    World of Words Book Sale
    December 8 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm
    December 9 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Worlds of Words at the UA College of Education is selling off extra copies of this year's top titles! Books for children and teens marked down to great prices! For more info on the sale and parking  click here

    helpWays to Help

    Literacy Connects partners with Tucson Clean and Beautiful 
    Monday, Dec 11 8:00 - 9:00 am
    ongoing monthly event
    We've adopted a street through Tucson Clean and Beautiful and are looking for volunteers who'd like to join us once a month to pick up trash along Prince Rd. between Oracle and 1st. All supplies included! Click the link here to sign up, or call to learn more (520)882-8006. 

    Literacy Quilt Raffle
    extended through December 15!
    Literacy Connects volunteer, Celia Tuttle, and her friend Nancy Stein have created and donated this customized literacy quilt. Thanks to her generous donation, it could be yours! Display this beautiful quilt on your wall or grab a favorite book and cozy up! 

    Tickets are $5 each or three for $10, and every dollar benefits literacy in Tucson. To learn more and to purchase tickets visit:

    Tax Credits
    Literacy Connects is a qualifying charitable organization that can benefit from your tax dollars! The maximum credit for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit has been doubled! The amount for school donations has also bee n doubled, meaning that more of your money can go to the causes and schools you hold dear. Talk to your tax professional today! 

    Quick Links
    Literacy Connects | 200 E. Yavapai Rd. Tucson, AZ 85705 | (520) 882-8006