Summer Reading Program

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 | 0 comments

Summer Reading Program

June 21 – Labor Day 

Are you looking for a good book to read, but you don’t know what it could be?  Try one of the following suggestions.  Then tell us on our Facebook page about your “reading adventure.” Participation in the ALMP summer reading program will be recognized.

Summer Reading Suggestions:

July is graphic novel month. Check out the titles.  Enjoy a graphic novel.  If you don’t know the term, graphic novel. Ask a librarian or a friend to help you.

Check out the best sellers.  There will be something fascinating there to read.

When was the last time you read a children’s book for your own pleasure.  How about Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day? 

Take your favorite book to a convalescent center.  Read to a patient.

Read a large print book.

Check out the “books on tape.”  Find one to “read.”

Read a book that has been made into a film.  Watch the film and compare the two.

What, you don’t read the local (Gazette-Journal) newspaper?  The library has a copy.  Sit down in the “reading area” and enjoy finding out the news from the county.

Read a mystery book.

Children and pets are good listeners.  Read a book to a child and, if a pet is around, include it.

Jennifer Chiaverini has written the Elm Creek quilt series as well as enjoyable historical novels.  Read

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker or one of her other novels. You will enjoy the adventures.

Check out National Geographic’s books. Imagine the trip you can take.  Where would you go? 

Reader’s choice!  What will you choose?  Maybe an e-book.                        

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ALMPVA Start of Summer June 2019

Posted on Jun 03, 2019 | 0 comments

As the summer is upon us, students’ plans take people physically to far places as well as figuratively.  Do you have plans “to go to a far place?” 

Lucy has gone to her home country (China) to resume her medicine practice and teaching for the summer.  Did you read the article in the Gazette-Journal about her cooking experiences?

Alice has returned to her home (Taiwan) and will return in early September. 

ALMP welcomes Laeititia from the Congo, Ana who is originally from Panama, and April who is studying for her GED.

Volunteers Needed

ALMP always welcomes volunteers and currently is looking for people who would like to become part of a “fundraising board.”  If either opportunity interests you, call 804-210-9169.

Summer Reading Program


Join ALMP in our summer reading program beginning on the first day of summer, June 21.  Look in the library for the white envelope, with our ALMP logo, for the details; or read about the summer reading program in the Gazette or our Facebook page. Remember to share what you read.

Watch for the announcement of our next Adulthood 101 Program.  What comes after June?  July; of course!   Follow ALMP so you can participate in the July 25, Christmas is July (25) workshop.  (HINT: Christmas stockings) ** Adult Literacy is always in session and offers open enrollment. Give us a call 804-210-9169,

Make an appointment and let us help you improve your present  educational level. Don’t want to call? Stop in the library and ask where ALMP is working; come by and talk.      

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March 2019 News and Announcements

Posted on Mar 06, 2019 | 0 comments

Maybe a sure sign of spring is that ALMP’s students are getting healthy again and returning from the challenges of the winter weather. It is good to have Ted and Jarrod back at their studies. As ALMP is in its second month of its 10th year of service to Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex Counties, it is good that all enrolled students are back studying.

ALMP will be celebrating National Library Week, April 7 – 13 by continuing with its Adulthood 101 series, informative programs of interest to adults.  This month the topic is:  Books and Blood Pressure.  That is an interesting combination!  Do you know the connection?  Plan to attend one of the sessions to learn about the connection  and have your blood pressure taken.  The schedule follows:

April 8: Middlesex County Library, Deltaville Branch

                   11:00 – 2:00

April 9:  Mathews Memorial Library

                   10:00 – 12:00

April 10:   Gloucester County Library, Gloucester Point Branch

                   10:30 – 2:30

Each library will host community people who would like to share their latest “read” (book) with you.  While some listen, a Riverside nurse(s) will be available to do blood pressure readings and answer questions.  No appointment is needed and with all ALMP programs, there is no cost.

Adult Literacy is here to assist you with your educational skills, year around.  Call 804-210-9169 for an appointment.

Tutors are always welcome and Board members are needed.  Call 804-210-9169 to find out what is required to become involved.

The Gloucester Libraries are closed March 22nd for staff development.

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ALMPVA News Update October 2017

Posted on Oct 04, 2017 | 0 comments

Congratulations to Rosines!  She has passed her citizenship test and is the latest student who has prepared with ALMP to become a US citizen.  Rosines was also fortunate to have study assistance from her two oldest children who have a commanding understanding of American history and supported their mom’s study by questioning her using the 100 questions a new citizen is required to know the answers to as well as demonstrate an ability to read and write in English.  Next for Rosines is the date for taking her Oath of Allegiance.

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September 2016 Literacy News

Posted on Sep 07, 2016 | 0 comments

With Labor Day weekend upon us, Mathews Market Days is close behind (or ahead, depending upon your perspective). That means Mathews Market Days is September 9 / 10 in Mathews Court House.  The Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 on the Main Stage; however, presently there is low registration. If registration doesn’t pick up by the 8th, the contest will be postponed. Listen to WXGM for updates and read the Gazette for information.

Follow me to the Matthews Market Days Spelling Bee!

Guinea Jubilee

Next on the agenda for ALMP will be participation in the Guinea Jubilee, September 23 and 24.  Come by to visit.  We’ll have a few raffle items and information to share. 

Literacy Month

September is Literacy Month and the 8th is World Literacy Day.  Have you read a book or read to a child lately?

Planning continues for the Bobby Spitler Memorial 5K at Kingston Plantation (Route 658) on October 29thA “virtual run” has been added. (That’s the run that isn’t.)

Registration continues with paper forms in all area libraries or online via Chronotrack.  Some of ALMP’s young volunteers will be roaming the grounds ready to make “balloon animals” to entertainment awaiting audiences.

Please share with your family and friends that ALMP works with adults on various levels beginning with those adults who want to learn how to read, people who want to prepare for their GED Tests, English as a Second Language (ESL) and civics education for those qualifying for US citizenship.  Just call to make an appointment. 

This Month's Meetings

Here's our list of ALMPVA meetings for September 2016. We hope to see you there! Meetings for the month: 09/07: GCRC and MMD, 09/09 – 09/10: MMD, 09/15: MCRC and BAH; 09/20: BoD, 09/22: Mathews DSS, 09/23 – 24:  Guinea Jubilee.

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Newscard April 2016

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 | 0 comments

April not only brings springs showers, but also busy days and great events.

For weeks ALMP has been asking for a donation (in workable condition) of a laptop so students preparing

for the GED Tests could take the GED READY Tests here at the library and those students who need to learn keyboarding skills could practice those skills. Then one day, in walks a “godfather” with a NEW laptop notebook and keyboard for the students who need to practice and prepare for the GED Tests. ALMP is grateful!

On April 3rd ALMP sponsored the 5K / 3K Run as the Sunday event during the Daffodil Festival. There were many runners for both races with 186 total runners. The Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism helped with many “fine” details as did Hodges & Bryant Plumbing, Water Pro and the many volunteers. The first place in the 5K received “gold” medals, while all other place finishers in the 5K and all 3K 1st through 3rd place finishers received blue, red and white ribbons, accordingly. The sky turned blue and the wind became a gentle breeze and the race was a success. The results are available at

As ALMP finishes one event, the Silent Apron Auction begins on April 15th with community people making aprons, taking them to the Courthouse Restaurant, customers placing silent bids. On May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day which is National Apron Day the blue ribbons will be awarded to the person making the highest bid and the person who made the winning apron.

April 10 – 16 is Volunteer Week, the time when ALMP thanks its volunteers for the valuable gifts of time and talents.

April 16th will find ALMP at the Home and Garden Show.

The meetings for April: GCRC: 04/06, BoD: 04/19, MMD: 04/20, MCRC: 04/21, BAH: 04/21.

Thanks for telling your friends and family what we do!

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Newscard December 2015

Posted on Dec 03, 2015 | 0 comments

Do you ever wonder where the time goes?   ***  As ALMP ends another year of service to the people of Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex Counties, some of our volunteers will be at the Barnes & Noble store in New Town (Williamsburg) participating in a fundraising event by wrapping  gifts (for a donation) purchased by B&N customers.  If you are buying books, toys or puzzles for someone  on your Christmas list, consider doing it on December 13, 16, or the 18th and we’ll wrap it for you.  The donations will help ALMP maintain our free services for adults who want to improve their  education.  ***  If you are a fan of silent auctions, please remember the Christmas Stocking Boutique now in progress at the Courthouse Restaurant on Main Street in Gloucester.  That will be going on until December 19th.   If you want a handmade stocking, you may find it there.  ***  ALMP is fortunate to welcome 4 new students: 2 preparing for the GED and 2 who have enrolled to develop stronger reading and math skills.  ***We also welcome as a new volunteer, Garrett, who first volunteered with the 5K and is completing the online training to become an academic volunteer.  ***  Please remember that there are changes to the library schedule in December due to holiday related events.  The Main Branch of GCL is closed on Saturday, December 5 (the Gloucester parade) and the weeks of December 21st and 28th , the library closes at 5:00 PM and will be closed December 24, 25 and  January 1st.  ***  The Mathews Market Days Spelling Bee sponsored by ALMP will be very different in 2016 … it will be held on the Main Stage at 3:30 PM on September  10th.   In addition to awarding “spelling bee” medals, the top spellers will receive prizes.  ***  The meetings for the month:  12/02: GCRC, 12/04: NP @ MIH, 12/17: MCRC.  ***  Enjoy being with family and friends during the holidays.  Thanks for all you do for ALMP.

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Newscard November 2015

Posted on Nov 02, 2015 | 0 comments

Congratulations, Ronnie!  Your months of work paid off in a successful race, the Bobby Sptiler Memorial 5k Run/Walk at Warner Hall.  There were some “scary” people who ran the good race, but then, it was Halloween.  Thanks to the sponsors, the runners, the volunteers and zombies who made it a great day!  ***  Congratulations to Robyn, former student and GED graduate who stopped by to share the news that her hard work and continuing studies have paid off in the form of a raise in salary.  Robyn certainly exemplifies the statistics that a GED graduate does make more money than a person without a GED.  Thanks for sharing the news.  ***  Next on the ALMP agenda is the Christmas Stocking Boutique which is held at the Courthouse Restaurant beginning November 27th.  Do you sew?  Or know someone who does?  Make a stocking from any material (buy your material at Field’s Quilting & Crafts and receive a 10% discount on the materials used to make the stocking), take the stocking to the Courthouse Restaurant for display.  The silent bids will be placed.  Who knows you might win a Blue Ribbon for best in show, most creature or highest bid.  The stockings will be on display until December 19th.  ***   The BoD and some volunteers will be wrapping gifts at Barnes & Noble in New Town (Williamsburg) in December.  ***  Please remember: Black Friday follows Thanksgiving, then it’s Cyber Monday and new for ALMP this year is #Giving Tuesday.  That is the day throughout the country when supporters of nonprofits are encouraged to make a donation to their favorite charity and #GiveGab will not have a service charge.  More news in a few days.  ***  Meetings for the month:  11/04: GCRC, ll/17: BoD 11/19: MCRC, BAH (@ Chesapeake Bank, MMD.  For your information:  The library will close @ 2PM on 11/25 and remain closed 11/26 and 11/27.  ***  Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends.  *** Remembers to tell others about Adult Literacy.  Thanks …

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Newscard October 2015

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 | 0 comments

The spelling bee season has buzzed off for another year.  The student bee at Mathews Market Days was won by a new, to the area home schooled student, Wilhelm Anderson who received the Gold Spelling Bee Medal,  Ailin Harpole,  4th grade at Bethel Elementary and repeating participant, received the Silver Spelling Bee Medal, with Aden Harpole, 1st grade also at Bethel Elementary, and Aiden Sower, 4th grade student at Lee-Jackson, tied for the bronze medal.  Congratulations to each speller!  ***  Did you know that there are two ways to make online donations to ALMP?  As you have been able to do for awhile now, go to, on the home page you will find the donate button; or, you may go to the newest nation-wide online site and search for Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula, Inc.  Share that information with friends and ALMP will say thank you to the donor.  ***  Watch the Gazette for current news about the financial literacy course ALMP will be offering.  All materials are free to participants courtesy of a Mathews Market Days Grant.  ***  For almost a year, Ronnie has been working hard on organizing the Bobby Spitler Memorial 5K Run/Walk which is going to be on Saturday, October 31 at Warner Hall.  Bobby was a GED graduate (top 1% in Virginia and top 2% in US) who worked at PHA (Peninsula Heating and Air), a race sponsor.  He was a very kind person and skilled worker. Ronnie and his co-workers wanted to honor Bobby’s memory, thus, the 5k Run/Walk was born.  We are going to need your help, so please call to let us know you want to volunteer.  In addition to the run, ALMP is taking advantage of the day (Halloween) and awards will be given for the 3 best costumes.  Watch out …  there will be zombies amongst us!  ***  Meetings for the month: 10/07: GCRC, 10/14: Bay Aging, 10/15: MCRC and BAH, 10/20: BoD and MMD.

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Newscard June 2015

Posted on Jun 09, 2015 | 0 comments

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is now behind us and Carson represented ALMP well!  He finished in a tie for 215th place out of the 11 million spellers who competed, worldwide.   Being at the Bee is always an overwhelming experience with 283 spellers there with the hope of going home as the Champion.   ***  Earlier in May (11) ALMP completed another Silent

Apron Auction with the Blue Ribbon going to Martha Donlevy.  We are grateful to all those who made aprons, those who bid and purchased the aprons and to the Courthouse Restaurant for being the host for the event.  Thanks to each and all of you! ***  Next on the agenda is the Annual Meeting, June 16 @ the Mathews Active Lifestyle Center, Buckley Hall Road @ 7:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend; this is the time when we present the “state of the organization.”  There will be a report regarding the Gloucester-Mathews Spelling Bee season in addition to the required business reports of the organization.  Please save the date and come.  ***   Good news … ALMP has been awarded the National Book Fund Grant   This is very good news for us because if means that ALMP will receive more than $2400.00 in books needed to teach our programs and because of our membership in ProLiteracy, the cost of the books is 10% of their value.  ***  Join ALMP at Gwynn’s Island Festival on June 27 (9:00 – 3:45).  ***  Meetings for June:

GCRC: 06/03, Annual Meeting: 06/16, BAH: 06/18, MMD: 06/25, SALT Co.: TBA.  ***

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