Stories That Connect

The latest news and resources from Literacy Connects.

STS! Gets Curious at the Tucson Festival of Books

by Sharon O’Brien – Stories that Soar! Artistic Director Another wildly successful Tucson Festival of Books has passed! I feel so blessed to have […]

Refugee & Immigrant Students Need Your Help

Everyone is welcome at Literacy Connects With your support, our programming helps thousands of refugees, immigrants, and their families every year. We work to […]

Inspire a Love of Reading: Give Books

 Donate: K-1st grade (ages 5-7), new or gently-used children’s books at one of our local partners. My 92.9 has teamed up with Literacy Connects to […]

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Why We Write – STS! Kid Authors Express Themselves

Guest blog by Sharon O’Brien – Stories that Soar! Artistic Director  The last Stories that Soar! show of 2016 took place in December at […]

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The Magic of Humor: A Review of The Mercy Watson Series

The Mercy Watson Series Author-Kate DeCamillo    Illustrator- Chris Van Dusen  Fountas and Pinnell level-K The Magic of Humor – Book Review by Marsha Schlanger The Mercy […]

What I Learned from a Reading Seed Coach: The Bigger Picture

  A guest blog by Reading Seed Program Coordinator, Katie Cooper. Consider the picture above. What do you see? Most of us will focus […]

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Literacy Connects is a Safe Place

Special Blog from Betty Stauffer, Executive Director of Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects, as our name implies, is a connector. We connect to, with, and […]

STS! Celebrates 15 Years at Sam Hughes Elementary

On a sunny, 90+ degree day in October of this year, the Stories that Soar! team brought their A-game to the stage at Sam […]

Extra Yarn Mac Barnett Book Review

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett – Book Review by Violet

Extra Yarn Author-Mac Barnett    Illustrator-Jon Klassen    Fountas and Pinnell level-L   Extra Yarn, a Caldecott honor book and a New York Times […]

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Exploring Literacy in Mexico

This week we have a guest blog from Jessica Dennes, our Reading Seed Coach Manager and Trainer. Over the summer she studied literacy abroad in Mexico […]

Reading Seed, Reach Out and Read, and Infusion Hire New Staff Members!

Meet our three newest staff members. We’re excited to have them on our team, and can’t wait to see all the great work they’re […]

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AmeriCorps Positions Available

AmeriCorps was founded in 1994 and has since put over 80,000 Americans to work in jobs that directly impact our communities. AmeriCorps positions are […]

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220% Improvement in Kindergarteners’ Reading From Literacy Connects Pilot Program

Kindergartners at Keeling Elementary have made astonishing strides in their reading skills, their attitudes about reading, and their classroom engagement after participation in Literacy […]

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Literacy Connects Event Raises over $130K for Local Literacy Programming

With the generous support of our community sponsors, donors, volunteers, and student ambassadors we were able to raise over $132,000 for Literacy Connects programming at our […]

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Passing on the Invaluable Gift of Literacy

Defining Literacy What is literacy? In my mind, it is being able to both give and receive thoughts and ideas in the process of […]

Meet New Board Member Thom Cope

We’re pleased to announce the election of Thom Cope onto Literacy Connects’ Board of Directors. Thom is an attorney at Mesch Clark Rothschild. He […]

From One-Room Schoolhouse to Literacy Connects – Bob Patterson is a Lifelong Learner

A little over a year ago, Bob Patterson decided that he wanted to get better at reading aloud to his 3 ½ year old […]

PCICEO Accountability Session

Join Literacy Connects, PCICEO, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, The University of Arizona College of Education, Amphitheater Public Schools, fellow community members, […]

Reading Seed, ELAA, and Administration Gain New Staff Members

We’d like to introduce our three newest staff members. We’re so excited to have them on board! Discover what each of them brings to Literacy Connects… […]

Meet Board Chair Lillian Brantley-Thompson

How long have you been part of the Literacy Connects family? I joined the  Literacy Connects family in August 2012  as a member of […]

Reflections from our Summer AmeriCorps Intern

By: Samantha E. Loustaunau     My summer AmeriCorps position has been an amazing opportunity.  I applied to get experience and learn what happens […]

Meet our New Staff

Mary Rodenboh has joined the Resource Team as the Development Coordinator. Mary earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lake Erie College and began […]

Best of Stories that Soar! was a BLAST!

Best of Stories that Soar! was a BLAST! There is only one way to celebrate a record-breaking and award-winning Stories that Soar! season, and […]

11,811 Stories Written by Local Youth!

Why are local youth writing so many stories? The Magic Box is hungry, of course! This year Literacy Connects’ Magic Box traveled around Pima […]

Open House at Literacy Connects!

Come join us at our Open House & Recognition Event! Friday, April 29, 2016 4:30pm-7:00pm 200 E. Yavapai Rd. Please RSVP here for catering purposes. […]

Thank you for your support to help our community do better!

Let’s make Arizona a wonderful place to grow. “It’s fun because you can bring out your imagination and my imagination is pretty wild.”  5th […]

Students Give Back

Our Adult Basic Literacy program prides itself on being an “on ramp” for our students. They come to us to prepare for the next […]

Gifts of Gratefulness

“To be grateful is to find blessings in everything.” Alan Cohen As the year comes quickly to a close, we have so much gratitude […]

Super Saturday Success

  On Saturday, November 7th, nearly 50 Reading Seed coaches filled the rooms at Literacy Connects for Super Saturday, a day devoted to professional […]

Training for Volunteer Tutors of Refugees was Successful

With support from the Zuckerman Foundation, the Literacy Connects English Language Acquisition for Adults program offered a training on October 9 & 16 for volunteers […]

20 Years of Succeeding in Reading (Seed)

This year a core community program celebrates 20 years of success! In 1995, The Reading Seed Children’s Literacy program was started by a group […]

Intensive English Class A Huge Success!

Anyone who has attempted to learn another language as an adult knows how difficult it can be. The success of a new, five-week intensive […]

Year 2: A Prototype for Learning

The Literacy Connects Infusion Project completed a successful second year of programming in the Sunnyside School District, expanding from its initial school site, Mission […]

A Celebration of Imagination

The 2014-15 Best of Stories that Soar! was the place to be this past Sunday, May 17. The Captain and his cactus sailed in […]

Students and their tutors are partners in learning

Adult Basic Literacy tutor Harriet Kronman and learner Winifred Doerue are starting their fourth year working together. It’s hard to say who feels luckier […]

New training for tutors of refugees

The United States, a world leader in refugee resettlement, welcomes tens of thousands of refugees into its borders each year. Of these, thousands make […]

More than a book festival

  The seventh annual Tucson Festival of Books is coming up 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 14 and 15! This two-day festival is expected […]

Help collect 10,000 books for kids

Literacy Connects is partnering with local businesses and education-focused organizations to collect more than 10,000 books for high-risk children as part of a monthlong […]

Magic that’s accessible for all

Our Stories that Soar! ensemble is known for bringing children’s original stories to life onstage through performances full of color, music, sound and spectacle. […]

‘You know somebody who can’t read’

People all around you struggle with literacy in many ways and for many reasons. While the effects on each person are profound, these challenges […]

A more seamless system for adult learners

As a longstanding partner, Pima Community College’s Adult Education program has been critical to Literacy Connects’ growth over the years – as well as […]

New space sparking new ideas

Have you visited our new building? Literacy Connects’ move in August has brought daily signs of change – new paint, new doors and new […]

Car show to benefit children’s literacy

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 8th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show on Saturday, October 18. The […]

Building skills, celebrating culture

The Stories that Soar! ensemble is preparing to return to the Tohono O’odham reservation for a second year on September 12 for a performance […]

Infusion Project’s first year a success!

The Literacy Connects Infusion Project — a three-year effort to improve literacy and language skills in neighborhoods around schools in the Sunnyside Unified School […]

Book Project strengthens partnership

On May 15, students, parents, teachers and volunteers celebrated the publication of two beautiful new books written and illustrated by young people in Tucson’s Sunnyside […]

A family that learns together

Originally from Vietnam, Khoa Pham and his parents, Phuong Dang and Ha Pham, arrived in Tucson just four months ago. Khoa’s grandmother, who has […]

Join us for Best of Stories That Soar!

Two completely different shows — 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Temple of Music and Art! This year, thousands of elementary […]

Thank you, Tucson Festival of Books!

Literacy Connects LOVES the Tucson Festival of Books! In raising the visibility of literacy and reading, the annual two-day festival brings the community together […]

Support the festival that supports us!

The Tucson Festival of Books is coming up March 15-16! This two-day festival attracts more than 120,000 book lovers to the University of Arizona Mall […]