Stories That Connect


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!

Literacy Connects is thrilled to be working with representatives from Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s Office, Pima Federal Credit Union, Girl […]

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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, […]

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Opinion: Prescribing love of reading to young families should be mandatory

(This article by Esther J. Cepeda, originally appeared on NBCLatino on 03/20/2013.  The Southern Arizona chapter of the national organization, “Reach Out and Read” […]

AZ Gives Day – FAQs

Who can make donations on Arizona Gives Day and how are they made?   To participate in Arizona Gives Day (which is hosted by […]

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We LOVE the Tucson Festival of Books!! Join us there!

The Tucson Festival of Books is a literary blockbuster and a HUGE supporter of Literacy Connects. If fact, the Festival is currently the single […]


Student Ambassadors visit the Arizona State Legislature

On February 11, a group of Student Ambassadors from Literacy Volunteers of Tucson (LVT) and Pima College Adult Education (PCAE) spent a day touring […]

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Celebrate Love of Reading Month with Literacy Connects!!

  Here at Literacy Connects we LOVE Love of Reading Month and are working to share our passion for literacy and education throughout the […]

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Reading Seed honored as EDU Accelerator of the Year!

We are proud to announce that Reading Seed, Literacy Connects’ reading program for school-age students, was recently honored as’s EDU Accelerator of the […]

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The Power of One

If you missed Literacy Connects Annual Fundraiser in 2011, you’ll want to watch this video to learn why increasing literacy is the single best […]


Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on January 21st

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?”        Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literacy Connects offices will be closed […]

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Congratulations Brenda!!

Following our November fundraiser luncheon, the names of all donors who made a multi-year pledge were entered into a drawing to receive a free Apple […]

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Final Countdown to a NEW YEAR of Literacy!

As we enter the final week of sharing the many very special reasons to support our organization, we want to express our gratitude to […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: The Joy of Untrammeled Imaginations

After Thanksgiving cleanly bifurcated our rehearsal schedule for Holaway Elementary School, we pick up the tail end of it to apply the stencils of […]

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Tucson Festival of Books presents Literacy Connects, Reading Seed and University of Arizona with $200,000 for literacy programs!!

Thank you Tucson Festival of Books for supporting literacy efforts in our community!! In addition to providing two unforgettable days each year where words […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: Action Packed ASDB

Development rehearsals are always an action-packed time in a  Stories that Soar! show. We may have our own ideas of how each piece will […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: Feast with the Dearly Departed

Death: an uncomfortable subject in many cultures, but not all. I am originally from Mexico and I remember my parents took us to the […]

"Tongue Twister Tornado," multidimensional art written by an entire ASB class. Amazing!

Backstage with Stories that Soar!: Arizona Schools for the Deaf & Blind Rehearsals!

I love being a part of every Stories that Soar show. Bringing a child’s imagination to life is like food for my soul. I […]

Pictured with the Right to Literacy Scroll: Corinne Ribble (Literacy Funders Network), Margaret Doughty (Literacy Powerline), Sharon Darling and Carol Hamilton (UNESCO Commissioners), Benita Somerfield (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), Sharon Bush (Literacy Funders Network)

Literacy Connects receives national award for Right to Literacy Scroll!!

On October 11, 2012, Literacy Connects’ Executive Director, Betty Stauffer, accepted an award on behalf of Literacy Connects and the Greater Tucson Area for […]


Literacy Connects Coalition members gather in support of Prop 204!

The Literacy Connects Coalition recently hosted a reception to share information and dispel myths about Proposition 204 – The Quality Education and Jobs Initiative.  […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: We’ll See You Next Year Mission Manor!

FINAL REHEARSALS Final rehearsal – done!  We just finished our last rehearsal for Mission Manor. We spend 6 rehearsals developing the show, 2 rehearsals […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: Oh, Sam Hughes, How Do I Love Thee?

Oh, Sam Hughes, how do I love thee? Okay, I’m being a little melodramatic. But, just a little. The Sam Hughes show holds a […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar!: Away We Go!

And away we gooooooooooooooooooooo! There are a lot of firsts in Mission Manor Elementary School’s show this year.  4 first year actors, 1 first […]

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Backstage with Stories that Soar! at Children’s Museum Tucson

We finished up the Soleng Tom/Children’s Museum Tucson round of shows today, and I already miss performing those stories. It was very inspiring and […]