Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County is offering a four-week training program for new and seasoned volunteers, beginning Thursday, March 29.

The free training is designed for those interested in literacy, reading and how to foster those interests in others. (Donations toward materials will be accepted.) Refreshments will be served.

Sessions will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the 29th, April 5, April 26 and May 3 at Belfast Adult Education Learning Center. FMI or to register: 338-3197 or

Anyone interested in literacy is welcome, including new and prospective tutors, as well as all educators and community members. The initial training will offer an orientation to the basics of tutoring presented by Denise Pendleton, Literacy Volunteers coordinator, a panel of active tutors.

On April 5, the second workshop, “Communication Across Poverty Barriers,” presented by Bonnie Swiderek, will examine how biases can create barriers to communication and share strategies for working with individuals who live in the crisis of poverty.

The third workshop session on April 26 will provide research and hands-on learning about the role of phonological processing skills in the development of reading skills, presented by reading specialist, Dr. Robin Lovrien.

The final workshop session on May 3, presented by Denise Pendleton, will provide recent research and strategies for developing comprehension skills.