A book buy that helps encourage kids to read

Posted Aug. 09, 2009, at 6:18 p.m.

The executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, Mary Marin Lyon, says the bookstore Borders is partnering with her organization “to get children’s books into the homes of families with low literacy,” and you can help.

Now through the end of August, you can select a book from a number of requested children’s books at the Borders register and buy it for Literacy Volunteers-Bangor along with your purchase.

“This year,” Lyon said, “LV-Bangor is serving a record number of low-literate adults, more than 220, on a shoe-string budget,” and “about 20 percent of these adults are parenting children who are at risk of inheriting their parent’s low literacy.”

Book donations from Borders patrons “will go directly into homes, in this area, where they are needed most,” Lyon said.

For information, visit Borders, 116 Bangor Mall Blvd., call LV-Bangor, 947-8451, or visit www.lvbangor.org.

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Continuing with the literacy theme, Paula Burnett, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging RSVP, will be at an information booth to recruit early childhood volunteer readers ages 55 or older who are interested in reading at child care centers in Hancock County, as part of its Born to Read program.

This booth will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Ellsworth Mall, across from Mr. Paperback, Burnett said.

Volunteer training will be provided, and more information is available by calling Burnett at 262-7926.

“Born to Read is a collaborative [effort] with the Maine Humanities Council,” she said, adding that “special funding for this program’s expansion is supported by the Maine Community Foundation.”

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Representatives of Marine Environmental Research Institute invite you to a special screening of the award-winning film “A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at MERI, 55 Main St., Blue Hill.

The event is sponsored by chef Rich Hanson and the Friends of MERI Committee, and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception.

The film is described as a documentary about ocean acidification.

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Rachael Gordon e-mailed that Texas Roadhouse will hold a fundraiser for Homes for Our Troops between 3 and 9 p.m. today at the restaurant on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.

According to its Web site, Homes for Our Troops, based in Massachusetts, builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.

For readers who clip this article and take it with them or pick up an invitation at the restaurant, Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of your check to Homes for Our Troops.

Gordon said icons will be available for a $1 or more donation, and people making a donation will have their names entered into a drawing for “a dinner for two as well as some other wonderful Texas Roadhouse goodies.”

For more information about this program, visit homesforourtroops.org.

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Writing for the Seal Cove Auto Museum, Marie Yarborough is extending a distinctive invitation to all of you.

The museum will hold a “a fabulous, free, family-friendly event” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the museum, 1414 Tremont Road, Seal Cove, Yarborough wrote.

You are invited to “A Birthday Party for Our 100-year-old Cars,” she wrote of the event, which includes birthday cake, party games, crafts, goody bags and more.

The four 100-year-old cars and a 100-year-old motorcycle all have names, Yarborough wrote: Merkel, Stevens, Lizzie, Corbin and Rollin.

You can ride in the museum’s Model T, have your photo taken in old-fashioned clothes, make a balloon-powered car and race it, play old-time games on the lawn, and enjoy a scavenger hunt and popcorn.

For information, call 244-9242 or visit www.sealcoveautomuseum.org or write the museum, P.O. Box 45, Mount Desert 04660.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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