Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Give the Gift of Reading This Holiday Season 

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor are hoping to break the literacy barrier this holiday season.Thanks to donations from United Way and Bull Moose, they gave away books to families at the Maine Discovery Museum Wednesday.The group helps adults improve their literacy.Last year, they helped more than 2-hundred adults.”They have difficulty reading, writing or even speaking English because it’s not their first language so we match them with a volunteer tutor to help them progress the goals they have outlined for themselves,” says Executive Director Mary Lyon.Lyon says getting books into a child’s hands early is critical to their overall mental health.”It is the single best predictor of a child’s performance in school,” she said.They can learn about animals and future careers.Whether they’re reading in the classroom or at home, it’s a cycle that’s helping parents and children grow.If you’d like to learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, visit their website at