Midcoast Literacy

Midcoast Literacy

NLD ID #75368
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Contact Information

9 Park Stret
Suite #1
Bath, ME 04530

Primary Contact

Donald Lader

(207) 443-6384


Hours of Operation

9 AM - 4 PM

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Program Overview

Our mission is: "Improving Lives Through Literacy"

Our programs provide free, individualized tutoring for adults and school-age children, family literacy sessions for preschool and Pre-K families, and free children's books for low-income families. We engage the help of approximately 100 volunteer tutors to deliver our services to those in need. We collaborate with numerous partners in our region, including Midcoast Maine Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Midcoast New Mainers Support Group, local libraries, Adult education centers, Career Centers, Elmhurst, regional YMCAs, local PTA/Os, the Boothbay Community Center, and more to make a true difference in the lives of those we serve.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories


Jeanette's story is an example of how a learner and tutor's dedication to each other and to learning can lead to big life changes. Jeanette and her husband are new Mainers who moved to Brunswick in 2019. She began working with Midcoast Literacy tutor Jen Litchfield in February of 2020. "When we began, Jeanette had next to no usable English," said Jen. "She had been attending a class at the community college but it was too fast and advanced to be of any use to her [as a beginner], and she was frustrated with the lack of progress."

In contrast, one-on-one tutoring with Jen could be tailored to where Jeanette was and what she needed to work on. The two began to work together twice a week, and kept it up during the pandemic, through remote teaching for a time and then transitioning back to in-person sessions (wearing masks and separated by a partition) as soon as they could. Jeanette was very motivated and excited to learn English, and as the weeks went by that motivation translated into results. "Working with Jeanette over these past 15 months has been for me a truly inspiring experience," says Jen. "We work for up to two hours twice a week, and not only does good work get done but we also have fun and laugh a lot. She has made great progress in understanding, speaking and reading."

After a little over a year tutoring with Jen, Jeanette has progressed from almost no English to holding a full-time job. "When I come to work, my boss, when he speaks to me in English, I understand," says Jeanette. And thanks to practice with Jen, Jeanette is also finding she can have conversations in English in even more contexts. "Last week I went to the clinic to have my teeth cleaned, she told us. "They said I can have interpreter. I said to the dentist, 'no, I can speak, I can understand!'"

This program listing was last updated: January 28, 2022.

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Education services

  • Read and write better
  • Find a family literacy program
  • Help my child learn
  • Study for my high school equivalency exam
  • Learn English
  • Improve my math skills
  • Improve my technology skills
  • Volunteer at a program
  • Become a U.S. citizen
  • Improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • Online