Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga Co., Inc.

Update on Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga Counties’ Response on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Dear LVBTC students, tutors, and friends:

Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga Counties (LVBTC) is implementing new procedures in line with the Broome County Public Library and the Broome County State of Emergency to help ensure the health and safety of our students, tutors, staff, and community.

The Broome County Public Library (BCPL) will be closed to the public from March 16 at 6:00 pm through March 29, 2020.  The Literacy Volunteers of Broome-Tioga County offices will be closed in alignment with the BCPL. The Library will reassess further closure.  Please continue to check the BCPL and LVBTC websites for program and schedule updates. Our staff will be working remotely.  If you need to contact any of us, please email:,, or

All of our Literacy Labs/Classes and one-to-one tutoring at the BCPL and offsite locations will be closed in alignment with the Broome and Tioga County Schools which are currently closed through Monday,   April 13, 2020.
We will continue to update our website, Facebook page, and phone voicemail message with current information. We will also send email updates to students and tutors that have email addresses on file.

United Way of Broome County has the latest information and good resources on the Coronavirus at If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a message at our office at 778-6406. We will be checking it remotely and responding as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time for all of us.

Thank you and please stay healthy!


Kristen Gordon-Pier
Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers
(607) 778-6406

Fun, laughter, and excitement filled the room as we celebrated adult and family literacy at Literacy Volunteers’ fourth annual Family Fun & Literacy Awareness Day on Saturday, October 19th at the Broome County Public Library.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to help make this event a great success!  We had a record attendance of over 325 children and adults participating throughout the day! Special thanks to Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for your visit as well!
We extend our sincere gratitude to event sponsors: M&T Bank, AGVideo, Clearview Building & Remodeling, Coughlin & Gerhart, Hatala Orthodontics, Lalor Family Dental, and Matthews Auto for making this event possible and free for all who attended. 
We additionally thank: Donoli’s Restaurant, Frito Lay, Kampai Japanese Steakhouse, Lupos, Something Sweet Gourmet, Maines Food & Party Warehouse, Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, Tri-Cities Opera, True Value Home Center and Weis for donating gift certificates and prizes.
Our theme was Farm Animals and Furry Friends as we explored the lives of animals with many fun literacy activities and special animal guests!  Special thanks to Silly Nomads children’s book co-author, Jan Lewis Zelesnikar for reading to the families;  Read to Therapy Dogs for bringing their adorable furry friends Kyla and Kiya; the Binghamton Lion’s Club for offering free vision screenings; Linda King for her extremely talented face paintings; John Ed Bon Fed for his amazing caricature drawings; Animal Adventure for introducing us to so many animals; Dr. Joshua Holowinski and Dr. Efren Gonzalez from the Johnson City Veterinary Hospital for offering fun animal activities; and Officer Kevin and K-9 Derek for spending time with us and sharing the important work you do on the Binghamton Police Force!
It was truly wonderful to see the excitement on the faces of so many children as they explored the various interactive activities! The enthusiasm among the children and parents is a testament that learning is fun for all ages!! 
Once again, many thanks to all of you for your support!

Kristen Gordon-Pier & 
The Literacy Volunteers Staff

Adults who read succeed.

Call our office today at

(607) 778-6406 to find out how you can help.

Mission Statement

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties is to assist adults in developing functioning literacy skills. This includes improving the student’s ability to read and write, perform basic math functions, and to use computers, as well as to speak and comprehend the English language. The service is provided at no cost to students. We utilize trained volunteers to provide these confidential educational services through a learner-centered approach that values and honors individual student needs and goals.

Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Co.

185 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901

(located on the 2nd floor of the Broome County Public Library)

Hours of Operation

Open to Public Monday-Friday 10:30-2:30
Other times by appointments

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