Anne Arundel County
Literacy Council
In This Issue
Why We Do What We Do
Annual Membership Drive.
Did You Know.
Fall Tutor Training
Barnes and Noble Book Fair
Help Update Our Website
Quarterly Executive Board Meeting.
Join Our List
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Support the Literacy Council 
Donate Now
We Need Your Help
Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  Come and join us at Barnes and Noble Book Fair
September 15
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Nancy Lewis 
August 2012

News From the Program Director


I hope you have been enjoying your summer! Please take a moment to read through our newsletter. Great information follows, including an interview with Maggie Cullman, who has tutored several Vietnamese women over the years.  Other articles include information on our updated website plans, Fall Tutor Training, Barnes and Noble Book Fair, Board elections, and more.


We need a volunteer to help us stay on top of things at the office on West Street in downtown Annapolis If you have time to volunteer, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Thank you! 




Lisa Vernon

Why We Do What We Do
Maggie Cullman's Story 
Rose and Maggie  
My current student, Rose, is a married woman with grown children.  Her story dates back to the US involvement in Vietnam. Rose's father had worked for the Americans, and was imprisoned by the new regime after the Communist victory.  Rose and her siblings were not permitted to attend school at all. When I first met Rose....

Click here for the rest of Rose's story 

Annual Membership Drive
Many of you are accustomed to receiving our Annual Membership Drive letter in June or July; this year it will arrive later this month or early September.
Save a Stamp You can Donate On-Line 

If you would like to make a donation online with a credit card or with a PayPal Account, you can use this button:


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Of course, if you want to stick to the low-tech donation, we welcome those too! Simply mail us a check made out to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council to Post Office Box 1303, Edgewater, MD 21037.

Did You Know


We're Growing!


Lots of good things are happening at our Literacy Council.  This past fiscal year, we grew from 29 to 80 matched tutor/student pairs, and collected 5,098 tutor volunteer hours! That averages out to 9.4 hours of tutoring per month, per active tutor/student match.  We are also planning on training an additional 30 new tutors at our Fall training, and matching each of them with students immediately afterwards. 

Fall Tutor Training

Thinking About Becoming a Tutor?
Our next tutor training is scheduled for September 29 and October 13 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Severna Park. The new tutor training format is twelve hours in length and covers both Basic Literacy and ELL. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email, or call 410-798-0408 ASAP.  We have a class size limit of 30, and our March training filled up quickly! We plan on matching all 30 tutors with students immediately following training. Also, if you know of a potential student, please let us know

Barnes and Noble Book Fair


Mark your calendars! 


To celebrate National Literacy Week, we have partnered with Barnes and Noble in Annapolis for a day of fun and fund raising on Saturday, September 15th. Mention AACLC at the checkout counter, and our Literacy Council will keep up to 15% of the profits from all sales that day, including, books, music, toys and Cafe purchases. We will also have special events and prize drawings scheduled throughout the day. Barnes and Noble has been a big supporter of our Literacy Council through the years, and has recently donated books for our tutors as thanks for the good work they are doing in our community.


If you would like to help with this event, please contact Stevie Donahue at

Help Update Our Website


We are in the process of updating our website! Please let us know what features you would like to see added or deleted. Suggestions so far have included adding a virtual library, so that volunteers can access a collection of resource links on helpful educational topics, and a "Teachers Lounge" where tutors can share tutor ideas/resources.  


We would also like to share our Literacy Council story with the greater Anne Arundel community via the stories and pictures of our students and tutors that you submit.  If you have a story and/or picture to share, please call 410-798-0408 or email .

Quarterly Executive Board Meeting


September 5 at Severna Park library



Come to our Quarterly Executive Board Meeting on Sept. 5 at the Severna Park library (from 7-8:45 PM) for officer elections. All current Literacy Council members are eligible to vote.

AACLC is pleased to announce the nomination of new members to the Board of Directors: Robert Caspar, Dixie Catlett, Megan Jackson, Mary Jane McCarthy, Thomas Vernon, Annette Graves and Tony Ocasio.
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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving literacy for adults in our county who have low level reading skills. We provide free, individualized, one-on-one, basic literacy and English language learner instruction for adults.