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New Tutor Training
All of our new volunteer tutors are required to complete a free, three-part training.


8th Floor of Self Help Building in GSO

Orientation: Monday, May 15 at 5:30-8:30pm

Session I: Wednesday, April 5 from 9am-12pm

Session II: Friday, April 7 from 9am-12pm

For more information or to register, please  email us or call (336) 230-2223.

Please check our online calendar for more training dates. 
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Upcoming Events

Supplemental Trainings

Tutor Reflection
GSO: Thursday, May 4
Self Help Building

Literacy Leadership
Please mark your calendars to attend our annual Literacy Leadership breakfast.

Thursday, May 18 at 8:00-9:00 am

Please click here to register online. 
Reading Connections NEWSFLASH
April, 2017

We hope you have had a great April! Every month we look forward to sharing Reading Connections' news and community happenings to keep you in the loop and well connected.
Literacy Leadership Breakfasts

Thank you to those of you who attended the High Point Breakfast. It was a great success! If you were unable to attend, please consider joining us May 18 at our Greensboro Literacy Leadership Breakfast. It will be held at the Greensboro Country Club. Click here for more details and to register.

Support Reading Connections at Happy Hour Hangman at The Traveled Farmer

Round up a team of 2-4 and come on out for Happy Hour Hangman at The Traveled Farmer! The game will be tournament style with your team competing for the coveted Hangman Trophy, handcrafted by Reading Connections, Inc staff.

Your team entry fee of $20 goes to support the mission of Reading Connections, a local non-profit that  transforms our community by improving literacy and promoting educational equity for people of all ages, empowering them to navigate changes in an increasingly complex world. 10% of all alcohol sales will also go to support this important work!

Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 5:45-9:00 pm

If you would like to attend but don't have a team, join in on the fun for $7 and we'll match you with someone when you arrive. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or you can swipe your card when you arrive.

Family Literacy Wraps Up in Greensboro
If you are looking for a way to spend a quiet evening, I would not suggest visiting one of our Family Literacy Academy sites. With an average of 42 children attending each Tuesday and Thursday evening session, Rankin Elementary's halls and classrooms were ringing with the sounds of learning and laughter late into the evening hours.

On March 14, 2017 the cafeteria was particularly lively. Twenty families gathered to celebrate their completion of two sessions of our Guilford County Family Literacy Academy. From September until March the families gathered each Tuesday and Thursday evening for a meal, and skill-level appropriate literacy instruction. Adults focused on mastering one children's book each week, learning both the skills to read the book and methods to make the book come alive when reading to their children. Children were immersed in activities, songs, and games that targeted their reading and language development.

"My daughter did not know her colors in English two months ago", said Jovita, a young mother of two. "She could tell me some in Spanish, but she seemed confused about English. Now that she has gotten a start, and I have gotten a start, I feel like I can help her at home. I am excited for a new start."

During the celebration, the children played happily, sculpting with Play-Doh and coloring pictures. They moved back and forth from activities to their mothers and instructors, giving hugs, asking questions, laughing and playing with one another.

"This has been a tough year for families like mine," said Maria, "and this program has felt like a safe place for my family to come and learn."

The adults who attended Rankin's Family Literacy Academy were excited to see their children grow and gain new skills, but their own success was to be celebrated as well. During the 6 month session over 93% of the adults went up a literacy level- the equivalent of several grade levels of advancement.  Kjang, a mother of two, acknowledged her own success, saying "It is good to read a book to my child. She loves it, and I feel happy."

Empowering parents to instill the love of reading in their own homes is exciting and important work. As we celebrate the success of the program session at Rankin Elementary we also recognize that there is much more work to be done. We invite you to be a part of that work through volunteering. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Family Literacy Program Coordinator Adriana Adams or call (336)230-2223.

Tutor Reflection is May 4 in Greensboro

This is an open forum for tutors to discuss all things related to tutoring including:
  • Share ideas for improved instruction
  • Learn what other tutors are doing with their students
  • Ask questions
  • Share ideas and lesson plans that have helped your students reach their goals
  • Find new resources for lesson material
The training is led by Tutor Coach Kathy Dunn and open to all tutors--ABE, ESOL, Math, and Detention Center.

Thursday, May 4 at 1:00-3:00pm
8th floor conference room of the Self Help Building

RSVP to Laura Mims or call (336)230-2223.

Needed: Two AmeriCorps Members

Reading Connections is looking for two full-time AmeriCorps members to serve August 2017-July 2018. One member will serve full-time in Greensboro and the other will serve part-time in High Point and part-time in Greensboro.

Click here to see the full job description and apply online. No candidates will be considered until the online application is complete. Please contact Laura Mims or call (336) 230-2223 with any questions.
How to Use News For You Online Webinar

Join ProLiteracy  Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar that will show you how to take full advantage of your free one-year subscription to News for You Online, the electronic version of our weekly newspaper for adults learning to read.
Here is a sneak peek at the useful features of News for You Online that you will learn to incorporate into your instruction: 
  • Photos and graphics
  • Audio
  • Multilevel activities
  • Interactive exercises
  • Crossword puzzle and word search
  • Story archives
  • Teacher resources
Learn & Share Webinar
What: News for You Online - The Inside Scoop
Date:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time:  2 p.m. EDT

New Partnership with Wheels4Hope

Reliable transportation is a key factor to success, but often times is a barrier for many. Those who use public transit are confined to limited operating hours and service routes. 
Students without transportation may struggle to attend our classes to work toward their GED, improve their English, and achieve their employment or career goals.

Reading Connections is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with Wheels4Hope . Wheels4Hope was established at the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church in 2000 and has since expanded to the Triad. The nonprofit agency accepts donated cars, cleans them up, and assists clients from partner agencies to purchase affordable vehicles from them. All applicants for cars must meet the following requirements:
  • Be employed and can provide verification (recent pay stub)
  • Must have a valid NC driver's license
  • Must not have any vehicles in their name or in their household
  • Must not have received a vehicle from Wheels4Hope
  • Must be able to purchase the vehicle for $500
If your student meets these requirements, contact your Coordinator to begin the application process.

One City One Book: Voting Open

The Greensboro Public Library's venerable One City, One Book community read is scheduled to begin this fall. In the meantime everyone is invited to participate in the selection process by voting for one of four books chosen as finalists.

Choices include Dimestore
by Lee Smith, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende, and LaRose by Louise Erdrich. These four choices were made after a process that began in the fall of 2016. A committee of library staff and community members reviewed title suggestions submitted via the website and staff since the last One City, One Book. The committee read a long list of titles and these four were chosen and then reviewed by an executive committee. 

The community is now invited to vote for the final selection. You may vote online. Customers can also vote at Greensboro Public Library locations throughout the city. Voting ends April 28 and the winning title will be announced in May.
Our mission is to provide and advocate for free, individualized adult literacy services to promote life changes for Guilford County residents and surrounding communities.  We always welcome your questions and feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact us to hear more about how our programs are making a difference in our community.

Jennifer Gore, Executive Director
Reading Connections, Inc.
For more information visit
or contact us at one of our offices:

In Greensboro
122 N. Elm Street, Suite 920
Greensboro, NC 27401
FAX 336-230-2203

In High Point
901 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
FAX 336-883-3636