Summer Reading Initiative

Children of color reading

Literacy Together (LT) is excited to announce the pilot of an innovative reading initiative as part of an 8-week summer camp led by Youth Transformed for Life (YTL) that will enroll up to 50 children in Grades 1 to 5. The campers will primarily be youth of color, many of whom would benefit from a “champion” to inspire them to progress in their reading and catch up for time lost during COVID. Literacy Together will offer a paid internship prioritized for young adults of color from ages 16 to 23 to serve as tutors and mentors.

The interns will receive an initial intensive training in an established multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and will attend a weekly workshop for additional tutoring skills as well as personal enrichment. The campers will be pre- and post-tested to measure their progress in reading.

We are accepting applications now for this great opportunity! Please help us spread the word.

Summer Camp Reading Initiative Announcement

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Volunteer tutors make the world a better place!



“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections when they arise, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Anonymous


Literacy Together is celebrating our 35th year of transforming lives and communities through the power of literacy.  Our work is accomplished by, through, and with the commitment and dedication of our volunteer tutors.  Throughout the year, volunteers touch the lives of children who struggle to read; provide encouragement to adults with the courage to overcome the barrier of low literacy, and work alongside immigrants motivated to learn the language of their new community. It requires technical skills, patience, persistence, a sense of humor, and the desire to be of service. 

We currently have more than 220 volunteers who have been willing to continue their work throughout the pandemic by being creative with the use of Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, Skype, and even plain old phone calls. 

So, during this National Volunteer Month – but also every day throughout the year – we say THANKS to each and every one of you!!!

A special thanks to ten amazing individuals who have volunteered for Literacy Together for ten years or more. (I apologize in advance if any names are missing from this list—-please let us know who you are):

Dian Leeper—2004

Anne Dachowski—2005

Mary Sugeir—2006

Katie Winchell—2006

Marianne Newman—2008

Linda Kane—2010

Kathryn Kowal—2011

Linda Van Tuyl—2011

Jim McGlinn—2011 

Martha Woolverton—2011

We honor your contribution to making the world a better place.  And we look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

With gratitude,

Cindy Threlkeld

Executive Director

Do you want to be one of our amazing volunteer tutors? Click here!

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now shipping books to over 4,300 children!

The program mails a new, free, age-appropriate book to registered children each month until they turn five years old. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library creates a home library of up to 60 books and instills a love of books and reading from an early age. 

Here are two of our favorite testimonials.

Thank you guys for sending us a book a month. It’s been especially difficult with the pandemic to afford new books or get out to the library or bookstore to get books with a toddler. We appreciate our monthly book so much!”
Kristina O., DPIL parent
Evelyn (age 5) recently graduated from DPIL. She sent us this beautiful drawing of her with one of her books as a thank you note!
I love my books, they make me happy to get them every month! My big brother and my mommy and daddy read them to me. I liked getting the books in the mail.”


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Notes of inspiration from Adult Literacy tutor Beatrix

Beatrix and Mary have been working together for a month. When Mary enrolled, we asked her what she ultimately wanted in a tutor, and she said she would love to have a tutor who was like a “buddy.” Has she found them? Keep reading!

“First off I just want to actually say wow! I can see this system doing its magic with Mary, she’s getting much faster and comfortable when she’s trying to read unfamiliar words and she’s finally starting to consistently use the tapping method. Things are still going extremely well! I’m having fun and I think she is too!

Mary is ready for every lesson and is enthusiastic about every meeting. One really great thing I’ve noticed about her is the fact that she doesn’t seem to be discouraged when she makes mistakes. We are SO close to having the alphabet down…the only part she messes up on is m and n; she usually forgets the n. I think within the next few weeks she’ll have it down though, which is exciting!

I thought you’d be happy to know that Mary actually called me right at midnight on New Year’s Eve just to wish me a happy new year! So, at the very least, we’re buddies. It certainly put a smile on my face to hear from her that night.”


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