Coventry Public Library

Educate, Entertain, Enrich

Literacy Volunteers of Kent County



Office Hours

Monday     10:00 am - 7:00 pm                                                                                                                       
Tuesday      9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday  9:00 am - 5:00 pm                                           
Thursday   10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Kathy Gray - Program Director
Robin Leroux - Office Assistant

Serving Our Community For Over 30 Years

Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc. (LVKC) is a nationally accredited adult literacy program that has been serving area families since 1980.  The program, housed in Coventry Public Library, is a non-profit organization affiliated with ProLiteracy, based in Syracuse, New York.  ProLiteracy was formed in 2002 by the merger of Literacy Volunteers of America and Laubach Literacy International.

LVKC trains volunteers to tutor adults whose limited English literacy skills prevent them from functioning effectively in their homes, workplaces, and communities.

The program offers free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring to adults  18 years & older, and to youths 16 years & older who are not enrolled in a traditional academic program.

Prospective students read at or below the 6th grade level (Basic Literacy students) and are adults whose first language is not English (English Language Learners/ESL). 

If you or someone you know would like more information on how to become a tutor, or to enroll in the program, call (401)822-9103 or send an email to  

Find us on Facebook:   LiteracyVolunteersKentCounty

Find us on Twitter:      @lvkc1






More Than


A Bigger Picture of Reading Processing

Charlene Pino has been teaching for 16 years in the City of Woonsocket, RI, as a Kindergarten Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and Reading Specialist. She graduated from Rhode Island College with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education in 1997, and from Providence College in 2005 with a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist/Consultant. Charlene has been working with inner-city, at-risk students at Pothier School for 14 years. Working with English Language Learners and their families frequently throughout her years in Woonsocket, she is a strong proponent of Family Literacy. Her philosophy of teaching reading, no matter the age of the student, is to “meet the student where he/she is at, work from what is known, and encourage the reading brain to develop a self-extending system, so that eventually the tutor is no longer integral to reading growth”.

“Reading is a process. No two learners will progress in exactly the same way. It is the tutor’s challenge to find the path that will lead the learner to success. Each mistake made or obstacle overcome by the student is an opportunity to peek inside his/her processing.”


This workshop will explain the 3 main cueing systems that work in a reader’s brain when processing varying kinds of text, with “Meaning Making” as the primary goal. It will explain why working at a “letter-sound” or “phonics level”, solely, will not accelerate progress, and the reasons for struggling readers becoming “stuck” at a second or third grade level of reading. It will illustrate how the reading brain inherently strives to make connections between what is familiar and what is new. Attendees should gain a clearer picture of the demands of different kinds of text, and learn some new techniques tailored to the learner and his/her goals. The challenges of a learner’s “working memory” will be explained. The power of the reciprocity of Reading and Writing will be explored and illustrated by looking at video. (The relationship among composing thoughts in the head, spoken word, written word, and printed text). Attendees should expect to acquire an understanding of how to meet the learner at his/her “cutting edge” of processing, so that reading and writing during the tutoring session are neither too easy nor too difficult, but “just right”. A suggested lesson framework will be presented, so as to engage all parts of the struggling reader’s brain, capitalize on strengths, and address weaknesses.





Learn English!

Join our LVKC Group Conversation Class!

Lernen Sie Englisch! Verbinden Sie unsere LVKC- Gruppe-Konversationsunterricht!

學英語 !加入我們 LVKC 組談話類 !

Apprendre l'anglais ! Joignez-vous à nos cours de Conversation de groupe LVKC !

英語を学ぶ !LVKC グループの会話クラスに参加 !

Imparare l'inglese! Unire la nostra classe di conversazione di gruppo LVKC!


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Start Here!” is a program of Coventry Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of Kent County.


It is a small-group ESL program designed to serve adult ESOL students, 18 or older. This conversational, task- oriented program helps students maximize their English s p e a k i n g s k i l l s a n d i s f r e e t o p a r t i c i p a n t s . “Start Here!” students meet for one and a half hours per week for ten weeks. Class size is limited to ten, so registration is a must.




2 locations for your convenience!

September 8, 2014- December 15, 2014

East Greenwich Free Library 82 Peirce Street * East Greenwich Mondays 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


August 21, 2014-December 18, 2014

LVKC Town Hall Annex Room 1675 Flat River Road Thursdays 10 -11:30 a.m.


For more information -or- to register Call (401) 822-9103



 FALL 2014 Tutor Training Schedule

To register call: 822-9103


FREE ONLINE Prerequisite Classes at

 Principles of Adult Learning            and    Working With Adult Literacy Learners


Prior to taking the Tutor Training Workshop (TTW), prospective tutors must take 2 required classes on line at . They are free and are Principles of Adult Learning and Working with Adult Literacy Learners. Prospective tutors will be provided with certifications upon completion of these free online classes which they submit with their registration to the TTW.  Tutor training is then conducted in a series of workshops totaling 15 hours in a classroom setting.  Midway through training, volunteers are matched with students so that they may experience the tutoring process and receive guidance as needed.  At the conclusion of training, tutors are certified.


Thursday, October 2, 2014â  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Coventry Public Library


Thursday, October 9, 2014 â 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Coventry Public Library


Thursday, October 23, 2014 â 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Coventry Public Library


Thursday, October 30, 2014 â 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Coventry Public Library


Thursday, December 4, 2014 â 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Coventry Public Library





Literacy…For Life!