Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will hold a virtual Literacy Tea this Sunday on Facebook.

Last year, I attended the Literacy Tea at John Bapst Memorial High School, with my daughter-in-law and granddaughter. We got all dressed up and enjoyed a fun day of tasty teas, tempting treats, and a Maine author sharing one of her works. It's the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year, but social distancing and the mandated closure of events with over 10 people made this year challenging.

But the folks at Literacy Volunteers of Bangor came up with the perfect solution by making it a 'virtual tea.' Make it a special event with your kids, who are getting bored being stuck in the house. Dress up or stay in your comfy clothes, brew some of your favorite tea (or any other beverage), put out a plate of snacks, and tune in for videos of Lynn Plourde reading her book 'The Dump Man's Treasures,' and Amy McDonald reading 'Rachel Fister's Blister.' The videos will be posted early in the day, so you can have your tea party at whatever time is convenient for you. You can even share pictures on Facebook with #VirtualTeaLVB.

Obviously, organizers are hoping that you'll donate to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. The money raised will be put toward purchasing online learning resources for the students in their program, since they are currently not able to meet with their volunteer tutors. Whether you have a tea party or not, you can donate online anytime. Just write 'Virtual Tea Party' in the memo.

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor works to improve the reading comprehension of Mainers.

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