Believe in Reading We support the efforts of nonprofit organizations that teach, improve, or encourage reading by people of all ages from around the world.

Grants for Literacy Programs

Our Mission: Dedicated to the Teaching and Encouragement of Reading

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50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level

3 out of 4 on welfare are functionally illiterate

Programs funded by Believe in Reading so far

100% are happier readers thanks to these programs

Featured Projects: Our Funding Helps Readers of All Ages from Around the Country and Around the World

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1-2-3 Read

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma, Ohio

1-2-3 Read provides reading tutors for students in grades 1 to 3. Funds from Believe in Reading allowed the library to add the program to one more branch.

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Aiming High

Coach Sam's Inner Circle Foundation – Cleveland, OH

Aiming Higher literacy intervention is an after school program in schools with the lowest reading scores.

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Battle of the Books Competition

Carroll County Public Library – Maryland

Students spend the school year reading 10 to 12 books chosen for their grade level. At the end of the year, the battle commences, as teams compete to see who knows the most about the books they read. Believe in Reading funded the purchase of the books for the teams.

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Codebreakers

Lawrence School – Broadview Heights, OH

Our funds allowed an update of curriculum materials in the successful Codebreakers program for K-6 students with learning differences.

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Kindergarten Kick Start

Library Legacy Foundation of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library – Toledo, Ohio

The library provides workshops for kids getting ready to start kindergarten. Funds from Believe in Reading allowed them to purchase 3,000 books to be included in the backpacks given to each child to keep.

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Read "Write" Adult Literacy Program

San Antonio Public Library – San Antonio, Texas

Adults learning to read often find it difficult to find books of interest written at an easy reading level. Rather than expecting them to read children’s books, this program seeks out and purchases easy-to-read materials of interest to adults and provides them to students through a comprehensive adult literacy program.

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Read Aloud

Denver Public Library Foundation – Denver, Colorado

The Read Aloud program sends 130 trained volunteers and library staff members to nearly 380 Head Start and Early Childhood Education centers where they teach the six preschool Pre-Literacy skills by reading aloud to the children.

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Read by 4th

Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Read by 4th is a citywide project coordinated by the library and involving more than 80 organizations. It is dedicated to helping 1500 additional children per year to read at their grade level by 4th grade.

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Reading Grands

Creek County Literacy Program – Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Volunteer Grand(parent)s tutor 1st and 2nd grade struggling readers every week. Believe in Reading provided funds to purchase books for the children to take home.

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Reading Grands

Rogers County Literacy Council – Claremore, OK

Believe in Reading helped the Rogers County Literacy Program fund their program which aims to use volunteer seniors (Grands) to tutor elementary school children who are having trouble reading at the appropriate grade level.

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Summer Reading Book Giveaway

Friends of the Cleveland Public Library – Cleveland, Ohio

Believe in Reading provided funds to purchase 1,100 books that were given as prizes to participants in the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

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Summer Reading Prizes

Lee County Library System – Fort Myers, Florida

Grant funds allow Lee County Library System to purchase prize books for children and teens who participate in their annual summer reading program which has over 10,000 participants.

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