Post image for Why We Do What We Do: Marc Holland

Tutor Al Odierno and Marc Holland

“My everyday skills have gotten better, and I’ve learned to never give up! Everybody struggles with something and my work with the literacy council helps me to focus and realize I can achieve. It may be work, but I know I can do it.”

~student Marc Holiday

Often tutors and students find that the structured readings offered in the literacy council’s workbooks and manuals are jumping off points to even more compelling topics. For instance, in the two years that tutor Al Odierno and student Marc have worked together each week at the Edgewater library, their discussions have moved into investigations of various idioms and rhetoric, and explored history, geography, and sports.

“Marc has been an enthusiastic learner from the start,” says Al, “and as he makes more and more progress we’ve been able to pursue different learning strategies. Marc particularly enjoys selections in Challenger 4 where the reading material is more information-based, rather than simple narratives.”  Al notes that while “both writing styles are worthwhile, in the non-fiction selections you’re both honing reading skills and learning new facts.”

Post image for Student Spotlight: Daphyne Holland

Tutor Lynn Krane and Daphyne Holland


You might say there’s a marked one-to-one correspondence in this literacy council tutor-student match-up. Lynn Krane, a math instructor at Anne Arundel Community College, looks forward each week to working with Daphyne Holland–a very motivated math student determined to pass the GED.

Lynn comments: “I’m so proud of Daphyne’s determination to sharpen her math skills and to complete the algebra and geometry math books. Her continued progress has even encouraged some of her friends to begin math tutoring!”

Post image for February 2017 Message from the Executive Director
Happy Valentines Day!
Throughout the next two weeks, you’ll be able to read posts about three of our tutor/student matches. Each of these students helps to illustrate “why we do what we do” at the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.
2017 is the Council’s 40th anniversary serving Anne Arundel County! Our nonprofit began in 1977 with six very strong, visionary Glen Burnie women who saw the need for county adults to have free access to literacy instruction.
Since that time, thousands of low-income adults and out-of-school youth have received free, convenient, and individualized reading, writing, and now math and speaking English instruction. There is no charge to the student for books, tutoring, or assessments, and students and tutors can meet in any public location for lessons, including at all 15 county libraries.
Last year alone, 240 trained volunteers donated 12,650 hours to support 195 adults as they improved their literacy and math skills. Goals achieved include attaining jobs, GEDs, successful entry into AACC’s Adult Basic Skills program, and improving the quality of life for themselves and their families.
Kind regards,
Lisa Vernon, Executive Director

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council


February 9, 2017

Post image for AACLC on WNAV Radio

Our Executive Director, Lisa Vernon, was a guest on the Volunteer Voice program at Annapolis’s WNAV radio station (1430 AM and 99.9 FM). She shared about the organization’s 40th anniversary, accomplishments, and upcoming training.

Click the triangle in the player below to listen to the show:

Lisa Vernon, Executive Director


Post image for Support AACLC Through Workplace Giving
Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign 

CBACFC #25542 

Workplace Giving is a simple way to make tax-deductible donations to local charities through payroll contributions. Please consider supporting the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council through your employer’s workplace giving program.

Post image for Thomas Edison’s Success/Failure Ratio

Thomas Edison

Did you know?

Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything” so his mother removed him from the school and taught him herself. Also, he was fired from his first two jobs for not being “productive enough”.

 Ironically, Thomas Edison is now considered one of the greatest innovators of all time. His success after over 10,000 failed attempts to invent a commercially viable lightbulb has set a good example of what perseverance truly is.

Post image for Spring 2017 Tutor Training – Sign Up Now!

Great Opportunity!

Our next 2-day tutor training is scheduled for

February 25th & March 4th
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church,
Severna Park

and will include both Basic Literacy and English Language Learner instruction.
We have a class size limit of 35. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.
Post image for Easy Ways to Use Technology in Class

This article is from Proliteracy’s Winter 2017 Notebook

Have students look up new words using an online dictionary, such as or Many dictionary sites also have an audio button so students can hear how a word is pronounced.

Try texting. Text back and forth in complete sentences with students on days you are not meeting. If you don’t want to share your phone number, there are apps that let you set up a different number that will work only when you want it to work. For more information, check out the following webite

Use easy apps and websites, such as the free app OG Card Deck, which can be used on any iOS iPhone or iPad to practice phonics.

Health Literacy Resource

January 16, 2017

Post image for Health Literacy Resource

MedlinePlus is a website from the National institutes of Health that provides health information in English and Spanish. The site also features hundreds of health topics, easy-to-read materials, drug information, and interactive tutorials with audio, news, surgery videos, and more. Visit the MedlinePlus website to learn more.

Post image for Vocabulary Race Against Time Resource

Oneword is a free online tool that provides users with a single vocabulary word as a prompt and gives them 60 seconds to write a journal entry for their daily word. Users can practice improving their spelling, reading, and typing skills; all entries are emailed to the user’s email account. Visit the Oneword website to sample the activity or to register.