Total Volunteer Hours in May
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Students asking questions at the health fair we hosted on June 5, coordinated by 
Literacy Source volunteers  Cynthia Putnam and Linda Pye.
Hello volunteers! We are now in the last week of spring quarter and the end of the 2018-19 school year, and can't believe how fast the time has gone. This quarter our center-wide class  theme was health, and we encourage you to check out the many final projects our students worked on which are hanging up around the center. We also hosted a health fair on June 5, where students visited resource tables to learn information about health insurance, blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, fitness, healthy food, diabetes, oral health, and mental health. It was a   very successful and informative event!  

We'd like to thank all our volunteers for the time and energy you dedicate to support our community. We hope that many of you can join us at our end-of-quarter summer party, and we look forward to the beginning of a new school year on July 8. 
Join us for our Summer Party - TODAY!
Come celebrate our students and their achievements at Literacy Source! There will be music, a dance performance, and tons of delicious food and drinks at this potluck. Bring a dish and bring a friend - All are welcome!
Teaching Tip
We would like to introduce you all to a new feature from the Minnesota Literacy Council, a well renowned literacy program that offers comprehensive services in both adult and child education. Included in their list of free services are Tutor Tips (teaching activities and ideas submitted by ESOL teachers and tutors). We would like to feature one here every month. 

This month, we are featuring a tip about the importance of asking specific and authentic questions. For example, while some questions ask a student for the right answer, an authentic question is one where a tutor does not know the answer. Read this Tutor Tip, called What Power Tool Do Tutors Use? Good Question(s)! here.

Even though these are called Tutor Tips, some can be used in or adjusted for the classroom. If you need help scaffolding a tip for your learner/s (leveling the activity up or down), please ask your advisor or any of the Literacy Source teaching staff. We hope that these tips will provide you with some creative ideas and activities to make your tutoring or class sessions more fun and enjoyable while offering a creative learning approach. 
Have fun!
Inclusive Language
Literacy Source is committed to inclusion and equity. We are conscious of the work we do everyday that opens the doors to all genders, races, faiths, sexual orientations, ages, learning abilities, backgrounds, and cultures. The importance of acceptance is a key emphasis in the work we do together. We are constantly learning with our students, especially in the power and meaning of words. We found these guidelines of inclusive language from  WGBH public media helpful to remind us in all of our communications. 
New Library Organization
Literacy Source students and volunteers assisted the MLIS students in color-coding 
the spines of our library books for easier browsability.
As many of you know, four Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) students at the University of Washington's iSchool - Amanda Chin (former AmeriCorps member at Literacy Source), Bella Abrao, Fatima Machado, and Clare Morrison - came together this year to complete their graduation Capstone work with Literacy Source's Reading Library! While the library contains many great reading materials for students, it was difficult to browse, and people were not using the collection as much as they could. Through surveys, conversations with other libraries, and focus groups with all users of the collection, Amanda and her team gathered different perspectives and data to re-organize and re-design the library space. 

Check out the new Reading Library next to the kitchen when you come in next! There are signs to guide all users in successfully browsing the collection independently. What do you think of this new organization and space? If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know! 

Click here to see a poster the group created which outlines the project design and impact.
New Citizen Spotlight
Kimguech shortly after passing her citizenship test.
Congratulations to  Zainab Mohammed, Jasim Kadhim, Jafaar Kadhim, Selma Salih, Kimguech Chheang, and  Elsa  Ogbazion for recently achieving their U.S. citizenship! Thank you to all who support our citizenship program at Literacy Source.
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to extend a special thanks to Alicia Richards, Carol Noteboom, Janine Johnson, and Karen Garland for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thanks so much for your time and commitment!
Community Events in Lake City
Music in the Lake City Mini Park
There are many events coming up this summer to continue to engage with Lake City community. One series of events is "Music in the Mini Park," which returns to Lake City for its fourth year. This 10 week series of music and dance in the 125th and Lake City Way mini park includes talent ranging from contemporary jazz, Panamanian music and dance, West African drum, Steelpan poetry and dance, and cello choir, and was made possible through the City of Seattle's "Put Arts in the Park" grant program. Performances start at 6:30 pm. For the full schedule, click here.

To learn about other events in the area, click here for Build Lake City Together's community event calendar, or stop by their booth at the Lake City Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3-7 pm. We hope to see you at some of these summer events!
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: Jennie Snow

Staff: Janet Arbogast

Staff: Heather Zamudio

Staff: Maddi Brumbaugh

Staff: Lisa Greenfield

Staff: Caroline Socha

Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings

Citizenship & ESOL Tutors
Daytime, 2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)
Tech Tutors
Daytime or evening, 1 hr. per week ( 1 term commitment, flexible times) 
Basic skills on a variety of devices - email, internet, smartphones, etc.

ESOL Class Assistants
ESOL 2/3: Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:45 am-12:15 pm
ESOL 1: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm

Evening Office Manager
Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm
Required skills: Good customer service and phone skills, willing to take initiative and work without supervision, Microsoft Office

Student Assessment Proctors 
2-5 hr shifts every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Sight Words and Phonics Testers
1-3 hr shifts, 2 times every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Interpreters and Translators
As needed basis (1-3 hrs each time)
Languages needed: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese
Outreach Helpers
As needed basis. Mulit-lingual a plus!
Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager,  Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment

Tuesday, June 25
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Citizenship Toolkit

Thursday, June 27
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Tutor Orientation

Saturday, July 27
9 am-12 pm 

Register  here.

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, July 10at Literacy Source. Sessions will take place at 1 and 7 pm. 

Individuals can  register online here !
Important Dates and Center Closures
Literacy Source is open:

Mon and Wed, 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Tues and Thurs, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:
June 17-20: Last week of spring classes
June 24-July 4: Center closed for classes and tutoring
July 8: First day of summer classes
Miss any of our past volunteer newsletters? Check out our last one here for 
additional tips and resources. You can also access the newsletters at the bottom 
of the  Volunteer Resources page of our website.
Literacy Source is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people, 
and we pay our respect to elders both past and present.

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.