Stories That Connect

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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February is Love of Reading month!

Archived Post: 2014 Literacy Connects is thrilled to be working with representatives from Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s Office, Pima Federal […]

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Infusion Project Finishes 1st Semester

The Literacy Connects Infusion Project finished its first semester at Mission Manor Elementary School on December 10. The project, which began in August, provides […]

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Meet our November 2013 Books for Teachers Winners!

Literacy Connects’ Reading Seed program is working hard to make sure that students throughout Pima County have access to high quality (read here – […]


AZ State Schools for the Deaf and Blind Stories that Soar! Show

At Literacy Connects, there lives a Storyteller in the guise of theatre company known as Stories that Soar! This company, comprised of multi-talented adult […]

National Reach Out and Read Executive Director Anne-Marie Fitzgerald with David M. Rubenstein, the originator and sponsor of The Library of Congress Literacy Awards and John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book and Chair of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

Library of Congress Awards Reach Out and Read Highest Literacy Award

In recognition of its groundbreaking advancement of literacy, Reach Out and Read has won the prestigious new David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor […]

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Stories that Transform

Be transformed by the stories of adult learners! Recently, our students have had the privilege of working on an exciting, new project for Literacy […]

Doris and Len Coris have volunteered as Reading Seed coaches since 2006. They work one-on-one with students at Soleng Tom Elementary.

The many rewards of spending an hour a week encouraging the joy of reading

By Doris and Len Coris Special to the Arizona Daily Star “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more […]

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Reading Seed featured in the Arizona Daily Star!

Reading Seed helps kids catch up, needs donations Volunteers needed at elementary schools to boost literacy skills August 11, 2013 12:00 am  •  Becky […]

Reading Seed Coaches Inspire Students and Each Other

At Reading Seed, we spend a lot of time talking about how amazing our volunteers are and marveling at the incredible passion and dedication […]

Lindsey Center graduates (L to R) Meredith Parsons (volunteer tutor), Eli Orellana, Manuel Mora, Carolina Sabori, Cydne Bolton (LVT staff), Rafael Perez with his son Irving, Irene Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

Congratulations GED Graduates!

Congratulations to our recent GED graduates! On Wednesday, May 22nd, ten students reached an educational milestone.  Eight students from the Lindsey Learning Center, a […]


Reading Seed Grows Free Book Distribution by 62%!

Reading Seed Free Book Distribution 2012-2013 Books to Reading Seed Students via Coaches (Book Total = 12,347) Reading Coaches give these books to students […]

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Congratulations to Reading Seed’s 2013 Bike Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to the continued generosity of Ajo Bikes, Reading Seed was thrilled to once again finish the school year by giving away 10 new […]


Get your tickets NOW for the 2013 Best of Stories that Soar!!

What is Best of Stories that Soar? Best of Stories that Soar! is a fun-filled, family-friendly event celebrating the amazing powers of children’s imaginations, […]

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

By Reading Seed Coach Betty Ord   “What Is Orange?” Orange is a tiger lily, A carrot, A feather from A parrot, A flame, […]