Articles by Mary Lyon

 
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EMCC Gifts Literacy Volunteers with Additional Office Space

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 07, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor just got a big anniversary gift – literally. Since it moved onto the Eastern Maine Community College campus last summer, the program has enjoyed its headquarters in a small, new building. This summer, EMCC doubled the space available to the agency. It’s a wonderful gift, says …
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Literacy Volunteers Partners to extend services to Hancock County; announces tutor training dates

By Mary Lyon on Aug. 31, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
BANGOR and ELLSWORTH — An estimated 20 percent of the local population lacks the literacy skills needed to get better jobs, help their children with homework and participate fully in community, according to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor provides free, one-on-one trained tutors to adults who request them. …
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Literacy Tutor Training Session Starts September 28th

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 15, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
In the Bangor area, an estimated 20% of the population lacks the literacy skills needed to get better jobs, help their children with homework, and participate fully in the community. Volunteer training for those interested in tutoring begins Monday, September 28th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, followed by four (4) …
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Literacy Volunteers Honors Students, Volunteers & Partners at Annual Celebration

By Mary Lyon on June 23, 2015, at 4:21 p.m.
(Bangor, Maine) – No one could quite believe the number, but it was true: Ed Boucher of Old Town has been working with and in Literacy Volunteers of Bangor for 35 years. Boucher was honored for his achievements as a student and his volunteer work at the organization’s Annual Celebration …
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Motorcycle Ride Benefits Literacy Volunteers

By Mary Lyon on May 26, 2015, at 9:21 a.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Road Trip Benefit Ride, Waterfront, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-947-8451; lvbangor.org/assets/RoadTrip-BW.jpg On Saturday, May 30th, motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to join an 80-mile ride to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. Registration for Road Trip Benefit Ride begins at 9:30 …
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Media Advisory: Literacy Tea Celebrates Reading for All Ages — Maine Children’s Author Lynn Plourde Attends

By Mary Lyon on March 20, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
To raise awareness and support for adult literacy in our community, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is hosting the 3rd Annual Literacy Tea on Sunday, March 29th from 3 – 5:00 p.m. at John Bapst Memorial High School. Popular Maine children’s author Lynn Plourde will read The Dump Man’s Treasures about …
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MEDIA  ALERT:  Media is invited to meet Nicole Hustus and Deb Glazier, a Literacy Volunteers student and tutor pair, and interview them about their experiences on Wednesday, February 25 @ 11:00 a.m. @ WEEBEEZ on 6 Blue Hill East in Bangor. 

This is the spot where they have their weekly tutoring lessons.

Literacy Volunteers Needed: Tutor Training Session Starts 3.12.15

By Mary Lyon on Feb. 19, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.
Bangor: Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is announcing their semi-annual Tutor Training Certification that gives community volunteers the skills to help a neighbor improve their life with increased literacy. A few hours a week along with patience, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are all that is required of …
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BAM Customers Give Children’s Books Worth $16,000

By Mary Lyon on Jan. 06, 2015, at 9:26 p.m.
As they did holiday shopping this December, generous Books-A-Million (BAM) customers also donated 1,256 new books to local children. In partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, $16,564 worth of books was collected. This ranks Bangor’s BAM store 6th in the U.S. for amount raised in similar book drives. The average …
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Literacy Volunteers Announces Its Semi-Annual Volunteer Tutor Training

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor announces our semi-annual Tutor Training certification course that gives community volunteers the skills to help a neighbor improve his or her life with increased literacy. Patience, empathy, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are the requirements needed from interested volunteers along with a few …
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Literacy Volunteers Announces Its Semi-Annual Volunteer Tutor Training

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 16, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor announces our semi-annual Tutor Training certification course that gives community volunteers the skills to help a neighbor improve his or her life with increased literacy. Patience, empathy, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are the requirements needed from interested volunteers along with a few …
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Young fans of Chris Van Dusen, Maine children's author and illustrator, watch as he signs their books.

Literacy Tea Celebrates Reading for All Ages

By Mary Lyon on April 11, 2014, at 6:23 a.m.
More than 250 people attended the annual Literacy Tea on Sunday, April 6th at John Bapst Memorial High School. Volunteer designers decorated more than 30 tables using different children’s books as themes. Maine children’s author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen read his book The Circus Ship to an audience of …

Literacy Volunteers Needed: New Tutor Training Session Starts March 18th

By Mary Lyon on March 04, 2014, at 6:21 a.m.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training, 200 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine For more information: Meredith Eaton; 207-947-8451; lvbangor.org/volunteer BANGOR, Maine — When adults don’t read well enough, one crisis can make their world collapse. A job loss, health crisis, divorce or move …
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Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Seeks Volunteers for Upcoming Tutor Training

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 09, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
It’s a stunning statistic: at least 20% of the adult population has trouble understanding written instructions, health information, and other printed materials. It’s a problem for all of us because low literacy skills are linked to lowered workplace productivity, crime, increased healthcare costs, and challenges in school …
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Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Seeks Volunteers for Upcoming Tutor Training

By Mary Lyon on Sept. 05, 2013, at 4:41 p.m.
It’s a stunning statistic: at least 20% of the adult population has trouble understanding written instructions, health information, and other printed materials. It’s a problem for all of us because low literacy skills are linked to lowered workplace productivity, crime, increased healthcare costs, and challenges in school …
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Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary Donates $6,500 to Literacy Volunteers

By Mary Lyon on March 29, 2013, at 6:48 a.m.
BANGOR – On March 21st, the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary hosted its 8th annual All That Jazz concert at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium. Four area music groups –Bangor H.S. Jazz Band, Old Town H.S. Concert Band, Orono Jazz Ensemble, and Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras – entertained a crowd of …
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Literacy Volunteers Needed: New Tutor Training Session Starts April 1st

By Mary Lyon on March 11, 2013, at 8:04 p.m.
(Bangor, Maine) – Each day, 20% of our local community members struggle with daily literacy activities such as helping their children with homework and reading prescription instructions. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering a chance to make a difference in these lives by tutoring Bangor area adults who need assistance …
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Literacy volunteers needed: New tutor training to begin Jan. 23

By Mary Lyon on Jan. 17, 2013, at 10:23 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Each day, 20 percent of local community members struggle with daily literacy activities such as helping their children with homework and reading prescription instructions. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering a chance to make a difference in these lives by tutoring Bangor area adults who need assistance …
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Literacy Volunteers Needed New Tutor Training Session Begins January 16

By Mary Lyon on Jan. 08, 2013, at 1:32 p.m.
(Bangor, Maine) – Each day, 20% of our local community members struggle with daily literacy activities such as helping their children with homework and reading prescription instructions. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering a chance to make a difference in these lives by tutoring Bangor area adults who need assistance …
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Become a Volunteer Tutor

By Mary Lyon on Dec. 26, 2012, at 2:57 p.m.
BANGOR | Tutoring an adult in reading or the English language only takes a few hours and week, though the positive effects last a lifetime. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor has announced its 2013 Tutor Training. The Winter Session begins 6-9 p.m.  Wednesday , Jan. 16. The Spring Session begins …
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Capehart Families participate in family reading adventure

By Mary Lyon on Dec. 20, 2012, at 2:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — On the first school day after one of the nation’s worst school shootings, nearly 100 families gathered in the Capehart neighborhood at the Davis Road Community Center in Bangor. Parenting adults accompanied their elementary school children and gathered as a community in support of their children’s early …