Total Volunteer Hours in January
Volunteer Hours in 2017-18 School Year
Students in ESOL 2/3 made posters for their mid-term projects about what they think are important aspects of being healthy. The posters are on display in classroom 2!
Happy February! There are two more weeks of winter term left, and we have been keeping busy matching tutors and students. We now have 60 tutoring pairs at the center, a new record! Our ESOL students are focusing on health-related topics this term, such as areas of a hospital, stress, pain, exercise, medical conditions, and speaking with a doctor. For example, the ESOL 1 class has been learning about parts of the body and making a doctor's appointment, and ESOL 4/5 students have been exploring medical vocabulary, health questionnaires, and health-related pamphlets. We also hosted a health fair at the center on January 31, with representatives from Neighborcare Health, North Helpline, King County Public Health, the American Lung Association, and North Seattle Family Center there to connect interested students to various community resources.
As a reminder, classes will take a week-long break on the week of March 12 while we register new students for spring term, but tutoring will still take place during this time. We already have 45 people signed up for our next New Student Registration on March 12 & 14!
As always, a huge thank you for all you do to support the success of our students. 
Stay warm and healthy!
Welcome New Volunteers!
We have been busy with many trainings these past two months! Thanks to all of you who have attended our foundational trainings: WALDE, Literacy Foundations, Tutor Orientation, Citizenship Toolkit, and Teaching ESOL Adults. We are pleased to welcome many new volunteers who attended our Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment (WALDE) training: Thomas Wilburn, Paula Rattigan, Ellen Ahlness, Daniel Hart, Remo Fabietti, Karen Erikson, Margaret Berger, Polly Thompson, Janet Blankley, Erin Sekulich, Lori King, Maram Alsuhuibani, Teresa Mirante, Laura Lamilla, Nathan Jarvis, Bryan Taylor, Christine Psyk, Rixana Jopson, Kristine Robertson, Carly Porter, Carrie Smick, and Whiting Tennis.
We are happy with the positive feedback we've been receiving from this new training!
Part of our commitment to our volunteers is to provide you with resources and support in your work here. We hope the trainings are useful as you work with our adult learners! Thank you all for participating.  Check out our upcoming trainings below.
Coming Soon: Literary Mixer!
Bring a Book. Drink. Discuss.
Back by popular demand! Our last Literary Mixer was so much fun that we've decided to do it again! Join us on Tuesday, March 13 from 6:30-8 pm at Literacy Source for an evening of books, books, and more books. Bring a book to share and discuss with fellow Literacy Source volunteers, and enjoy some wine and snacks while possibly discovering your next great read!
Save the Date: Literacy Source 16th Annual Breakfast
Literacy Source Annual Breakfast
Tuesday, May 1
7:30-9 am @ Seattle Pacific University
We can't believe the date of our 16th annual Literacy Source Breakfast is already approaching! This is our largest fundraising event of the year and features several students sharing their inspiring personal stories, as well as superstar author and librarian Nancy Pearl giving an entertaining rundown of her current favorite books. Join us on May 1 and consider being a table captain - register today!
Library Guidelines
The Literacy Source library is a great resource for both volunteers and students! We have a wide range of books available for check-out to assist everyone in their learning. For a full list of topics, check out our library classification guide, which is also located to the left of the longest bookshelf. We thought we'd review our library system so that you all can take full advantage of this resource. For a printable guide on using the library, click here. 

How the library is organized

Each category of the library is assigned a letter, and the shelves are labeled with these letters and categories. The spine label on each book indicates its assigned letter category. Most books within each category are organized alphabetically by title, with the exception being the Family Picture Books and Social Justice sections, which are not alphabetized. Student reading books (located to the left of the kitchen) are separated by ESOL/ABE level and alphabetized by title within each level. ESOL/ABE levels are also labeled on the shelves to make for easier browsing. 

Checking out a book
To check out a book, scan the inside barcode at the check-out kiosk in the sun room, enter your email, and type the shared password, literacy. Books can be checked out for up to 3 weeks. Teachers and tutors can check out books for an entire term by sending an email to and asking to extend the due date. If you'd like to renew a book, you can also do so via email by requesting a renewal, and one of our wonderful library volunteers will respond in a few days. To return a book, simply set it on the table with the green sign, to the left of the check-out kiosk. 

Did you know you can access our library catalog database online? Check it out here and start browsing for books for you and your student(s)! 
Tutor Self-Evaluation Form
Starting in March, we will highlight one of the best practices listed on our tutor self-evaluation form, located on our Google Drive. We hope volunteers can revisit this form on an ongoing basis and that it is a useful tool to help you reflect on the work you are doing with your student.  The focus next month will be on  Active Listening. We have a different self-evaluation form for instructors, located here. Please check them out if you haven't already - thank you!
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to take a moment to recognize David Thornburgh, Tracy Woodman, Trish Reutebuch, Justine Dugdale, Tad Deshler, and Thomas Wilburn  for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thanks so much for your time and dedication!
Community Event Calendar 
Our community event calendar highlights some of the events happening in the greater Seattle area that pertain to social justice, diversity, and equity. We encourage volunteers to stay involved and check some of them out. And if you know of any events in the future that we could include and share with our volunteers, please let us know!

Sunday, Feb. 25
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Tuesday, March 6
Saturday, March 10
12th Annual Urban Poverty Forum: Police Interactions in Communities of Color
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
1-2:30 pm
More information here.

Lisa Myers Bulmash Artist Lecture with Intisar Abioto
Northwest African American museum
3-5 pm
More information here.

The Black and Tan: Reimagining Seattle's Legendary Jazz Club
Museum of History and Industry
7-9 pm
More information  here.

Write On! Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Northwest African American Museum
7-9 pm
More information  here.

Makah Voices and the Sea with Dr. Joshua Reid
Museum of History and Industry
7-8:30 pm
More information here.
Lenses of Culture, Levels of Change: Co-Creating Educational Equity with White Educators
University Cooperative School
10 am-4 pm
More information here.

Ongoing Exhibitions and Programming
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Northwest Film Forum
Feb. 22-25, 2018
More information here.
Let's Talk Race series (Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association)
Various locations
8 different events/topics throughout 2018
More information here.
Humaira Abid: Searching for Home
Bellevue Arts Museum
On view through Mar. 25, 2018
More information here.
You're Not From Around Here, Are You?
Northwest African American Museum
On view through Apr. 8, 2018
More information  here.
Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
On view through Apr. 22, 2018 
More information  here.
Everyday Black
Northwest African American Museum
On view through May 15, 2018
More information here.
Community Volunteer Training
Community Volunteer Training: A morning of workshops for tutoring adult learners
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm

Seattle Goodwill Job Training and Education Center
700 Dearborn Place South
Seattle, WA 98144

Presented by Seattle Goodwill, The Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, One America, Literacy Source and Seattle Central College. Registration for all workshops will be posted at a later time. More information here.
Staff Reads
Staff Reads features  books that Literacy Source staff are currently reading or would recommend. Read along with us and let us know what you think! 

Staff: Ruby Moore-Bloom
Staff: Janet Arbogast
Staff: Lauren Plitkins

Staff: Caroline Socha

Staff: Cat Howell

Staff: Denika Seet

Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings

One-on-One Tutors
Daytime tutors needed for ESOL, reading, writing, math, GED prep, and citizenship 
2 x 1.5 hrs per week (ongoing, flexible times)

Student Assessment Proctors 
2-5 hr shifts every 7-10 weeks, daytime and evenings

Sight Words and Phonics Testers
Evenings, 1-3 hours, 2x/term

Computer Skills Workshop Tutors (One-time opportunity)
Thanks to a generous donation from the City of Seattle, some of our students are receiving refurbished laptops. Volunteers will help students get familiar with their new devices. Basic computer skills and Windows experience required. Please let Ruby know if you can help on either of these dates:
Wednesday, March 7, from 2-3:30 pm
Thursday, March 8, from 2-3:30 pm or 7-8:30 pm
Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please visit our website or contact Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

LAST CHANCE: Beginning Literacy with Alysan Croydon

Friday February 23, 2018
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register  here

*This training will not be offered again until Fall 2018. If you are working with ESOL 1-4 or ABE 1-3 students, this training is for you!

Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment

Monday, March 5, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here

f you are attending, please complete the online prerequisites listed on the online registration form. 

Tutor Orientation Training
Friday, March 30, 2018
9 am-12 pm 
Location:  Literacy Source

Register here

Save the Date! Community Volunteer Training

Registration coming soon! Check out past training resources here

Literacy Foundations: Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing
Friday, April 27, 2018
9 am-1 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, March 7 at Literacy Source. Sessions will take place at 1 and 7 pm.

Individuals can  register online here !
Winter Quarter Dates and Closures
Literacy Source is open:

Mon and Wed, 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Tue and Thu, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:

March 12-15: No classes at the center, tutoring and NSR only
March 19: First day of Spring 1 classes at the center


Literacy Source recognizes the inherent dignity, equality, and value of every person and strives to create and maintain a learning community that is respectful and welcoming. To foster and maintain a safe and inclusive community of respect, openness, understanding, and civility, it is crucial that students, volunteers, and staff are aware of their rights and options when confronting a discriminatory or bias-related incident. To read more, click here.