Stories That Connect

The latest news and resources from Literacy Connects.

Love of Reading Book Drive!

February is Love of Reading Month!   In celebration of  Love of Reading Month, two of our community partners are holding children’s book drives! […]

Quilting for Literacy

Our friends at the Tucson Quilters Guild have chosen Literacy Connects as the beneficiary of their Small Quilt Auction at this year’s Quilt Fiesta! […]

Training Opportunity for Volunteer Tutors of Refugees

  Literacy Connects’ English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) program and Pima Community College’s Refugee Education Program (REP) are offering a training session focused […]

65 Diverse & Wonderfully Creative Books for the Whole Family

Do you want to offer diverse and wonderfully creative books to your loved ones this holiday season? Have you ever heard of the gift […]

Training for Volunteer Tutors of Refugees

In collaboration with Pima Community College’s Refugee Education Program, and the University of Arizona’s Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program, Literacy Connects is offering […]

“Don’t Be Afraid.”

Ana (third from left) with tutors and other GED grads Literacy Connects is proud to announce the June 1, 2017 HSE/GED graduation of nine […]

Dreams Come True for Refugee and Immigrant Women

The second cohort of our Women RISE interns have all completed their job-readiness training and are ready to take on the world! Two of […]

The Best of Stories that Soar!

Best of Stories that Soar! 2016-2017 Soars to New Heights A special message from Sharon O’Brien, Artistic Director of Literacy Connects’ Stories that Soar! […]

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Refugees and Immigrants Tell Their Stories

The Tucson Museum of Art and Literacy Connects Help Refugees and Immigrants Tell Their Stories   Thanks in part to a generous grant from […]

You’re Invited…

…to stay at home and enjoy your favorite beverage over a good e-book! I’d like to share some of my favorite stories with you. […]

ELAA Student Shares Love of Reading

In 1992, Esperanza came to the United States from Colombia, with multiple college degrees–one a master’s degree in Spanish. She taught Spanish classes at […]

UA Eller Students Connect with Women RISE Interns

Last month a group of a dozen graduate students from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management visited the Literacy Connects campus to connect […]

In Commemoration of Dr. Neil Russakoff

Reach Out & Read Southern Arizona Dr. Neil Russakoff Leaves Lasting Impact   Dr. Neil Russakoff was a strong advocate for Reach Out & […]

Building Our Community Together

April Is Volunteer Appreciation Month For the first time ever Literacy Connects hosted one event to bring together every volunteer from every program with […]

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 […]