Introducing Waterbury Reads
Waterbury Reads is the collective effort of educational and community partners dedicated to increasing the reading skills of our community.
Join us for two fun events:
A Celebration of Reading
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ~ 5:30 pm
Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury
This Waterbury Readskick-off event will feature a reading rally with community leaders, a performance by Dennis Waring featuring his "From Trash to Treasures" program, and registration for Summer Reading Programs for children, teens, and adults. Dr. Waring is sponsored by CT Humanities.
Dr. Seuss Storytime
Saturday, June 8, 2013 ~ 11:00 am
Barnes & Noble, Waterbury
Enjoy favorite stories and bring your camera to get your picture taken with that silly Cat in the Hat! You can help the Waterbury Reads program by mentioning Literacy Volunteers at the register when you make a purchase. Bookfair ID #11113784.
Waterbury Reads is sponsored by
The Leever Foundation
with additional support from:
Barnes & Noble
Bridge to Success
Friends of the Silas Bronson Library
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury
Silas Bronson Library &Children’s Services Division
StayWell Health Center
United Way of Greater Waterbury
Waterbury Police Activity League
Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury Youth Services
Linford & Mildred White Charitable Fund
LVGW adult learners, tutors,
volunteers, and board members are invited to:
Hear My Voice
Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Hall at Waterbury’s City Hall
235 Grand Street – 2nd Floor
RSVP by June 10th ~ Call 203-754-1164
A Call for Tutors
Discover how you can help local adults learn how to read, write, speak, and understand English. Attend a one-hour Volunteer Orientation to learn about LVGW, the students we serve, volunteer opportunities, and the training program. January dates to be announced soon. Call 203-754-1164.
Literacy Volunteers of America (now ProLiteracy) is 50 years young!
Learn more about founder Ruth Colvin:
About Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc.
Literacy Volunteers was founded in Syracuse, New York in 1962. It quickly grew into a national organization with affiliates throughout the U.S. In 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy to form ProLiteracy Worldwide, the largest adult literacy organization in the world.
Ruth Johnson Colvin was shocked when she read a 1961 Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper article that stated there were over 11,000 people in her county who could not read or write well. She began speaking with local social service agencies, community leaders, and church groups. With the help of reading experts, she developed a means to train volunteers to tutor adults. In 1962, she started Literacy Volunteers of America. In 2002, Literacy Volunteers merged with Laubach Literacy to form ProLiteracy America.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury (LVGW) was founded in 1974. As an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, we are proud to be a member of a national and international network of community-based education programs. LVGW is located in the lower level of the Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury.
LVGW strives to meet the literacy needs of adults in the Greater Waterbury area residing in the following 14 towns: Waterbury, Wolcott, Plymouth, Thomaston, Prospect, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Oxford, Cheshire, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Southbury, Woodbury, and Watertown/Oakville.
LVGW offers free programs for adults:
- Basic Literacy (BL) for adults who speak English but read and write at very low levels
- English as a Second Language (ESL) for immigrants and refugees who need English instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English
- Family Literacy designed for parents of children in pre-school and elementary school.
LVGW is especially dedicated to building workforce and job readiness skills to build self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc.
Silas Bronson Library ~ 267 Grand Street ~ Waterbury, CT 06702
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Agency