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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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Little Read Wagon

San Antonio Public Library Foundation – San Antonio, TX

September 25, 2018

Purchase books in support of the Little Read Wagon program, which travels around the city and helps  improve kindergarten readiness through educational parent and informal caregiver workshops.

Phonemic Awareness Materials

Highlands School District Early Childhood Center – Brackenridge, PA

September 25, 2018

Purchase of materials to implement a phonemic awareness program for kindergarten children.

Books for The Year of Food project

The Literacy Council of Central Alabama – Birmingham, AL

September 12, 2018

Believe in Reading funds will be used to purchase books on cooking and gardening for adult learners in the literacy program’s Year of Food project.

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Phonemic Awareness Project

Highlands Early Childhood Center – Brackenridge, PA

September 12, 2018

Funding for implementation of phonemic awareness program for Kindergartners.

REFORMA Children in Crisis Project

REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking – Chapters throughout the US.

August 30, 2018

A view of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities shows refugee children waiting in large storage-like facilities with no activities to occupy their minds through learning and play while they are being processed. REFORMA implemented a project, Children in Crisis, in 2014 to solicit donations, purchase and deliver books for these children who are largely from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This task force is made up of Spanish speaking and bilingual/bicultural librarians who can help library staff and community members more effectively assist the unaccompanied refugee children who are arriving.

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The Jupiter Middle School Girls Book Club

Jupiter Middle School, Palm Beach County Library, El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center – Jupiter, FL

August 30, 2018

This collaborative group includes experts in health, reading, adolescent librarianship, and mental health. Fifteen girls will meet after school each week to discuss books that they’re reading. The girls come from day laborer, migrant worker, or small business families, and most contribute to family income by caring for younger siblings, and maintaining the household. For most of the girls, the books purchased with funds from Believe in Reading will be the first books they have ever owned. For all of them, it will be the first time they will be reading books that they have chosen.

Caring Grands

Rogers County Literacy Council – Claremore, OK

August 30, 2018

The Council sends grandparent volunteers into schools to work on reading skills with students who need it most. Believe in Reading supports purchase of books to give to the children.

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Kids Read Now Summer Program

Margaretta Elementary School – Castalia, OH

June 19, 2018

Margaretta Elementary School’s Kids Read Now program gives free books to children K-5 for summer reading, and follows up with books by mail throughout the summer to keep kids reading.

Summer Reading Game

Friends of the Medina County District Library – Medina, OH

June 19, 2018

The Friends of the Medina County District Library sponsors their Summer Reading Game. Children who finish the game claim free books that they can keep.

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Buford the Book Bus

Austin Independent School District, TX – Austin, TX

May 1, 2018

Purchased 3,600 books to be distributed through the book bus to children who live in “book deserts” for their summer reading program.

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Battle of the Books

Carroll County Library, MD – New Windsor, Maryland

March 27, 2018

Purchased books for over 1500 students who studied them during the school year and battled over their knowledge at the end of the school year.

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Summer Reading Prizes

Lee County Library System – Fort Myers, Florida

February 15, 2018

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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Readers Are Leaders Program

Assistance League – San Jose, CA

February 15, 2018

ALSJ members read carefully chosen books to over 1,000 students in low socioeconomic areas of San Jose, using costumes and supplementary materials to make them interesting, then donate the books to the schools to keep.

Toddler Storytime Literacy Program

St. Mary's Hospital Foundation for Children – Bayside, NY

February 15, 2018

Nonprofit hospital for post-acute care of children with special needs teaches reading by concentrating on a word of the month and a book of the month, which they then give to each child to keep.

Reopen Elementary School Library

Henderson Public Library – Jefferson, OH

January 19, 2018

The Public Library will buy books to reopen the school library which was closed in 2012.

Recovery Efforts from Hurricane Harvey

Houston Public Library – TX

December 28, 2017

Seven of the 42 branch libraries were significantly damaged. Funds were used to purchase replacement books and materials.

Book Bingo, Muffins with Moms & Donuts with Dads Programs

Rothsay Public School – Rothsay, MN

December 11, 2017

Purchased books to be given away at these programs for parents and children.

New Copies of Classics

San Antonio Public Library Foundation – TX

November 21, 2017

The Library passed a bond issue to remodel its Main Library children’s area, and will use the funds to buy fresh copies to replace shabby classics.

1-2-3 Read Program

Cuyahoga County Public Library – OH

November 21, 2017

To fund 1-2-3 Reading Camps for children, and Reader Boost Camps for parents.

Codebreakers

Lawrence School – Broadview Hts., OH

October 23, 2017

This school has developed an early literacy program tailored to their students. Funds paid for reading support materials.

Read Aloud Program

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation – CO

September 19, 2017

Reached over 6,000 at risk children with volunteers who read to them, and donated the books read to the schools.

Aiming Higher Program

Coach Sam's Inner Circle – Cleveland, OH

September 19, 2017

After school literacy program serving children in five low performing schools in Cleveland.

Read by Fourth

Free Library of Philadelphia – PA

September 19, 2017

Serving children in grades K-4, this is a citywide program supported by over 90 partner institutions.

Adult Education Program

Elkhart Community Schools – IN

June 5, 2017

Purchased books and materials for their Leveled Resource Center for new readers.

Summer Reading Giveaway

Friends of the Cleveland Public Library – OH

May 26, 2017

Purchased books to give away to children in their Summer Reading Program.

Steps to School Readiness

Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City – MD

May 25, 2017

Funds to provide emergent literacy programs for preschoolers and parents

Literacy Program

Literary Council of Central Alabama – Birmingham, AL

May 18, 2017

Funds used to buy books and other materials including curriculum and teacher materials and high interest low reading level books.

Summer Phonics Workshops

Oklahoma Literacy Coalition – Oklahoma City, OK

May 12, 2017

The coalition provided workshops in three cities for teachers and tutors in reading, presenting teaching tools and explaining the use of phonics in teaching. Funds purchased teaching materials and tools.

Reading Rabbits

Literacy Coalition of Kokomo – Howard County, IN

April 7, 2017

Provided free books to preschoolers of low income families

Caring Grands

Creek County Literacy Program – Sapulpa, OK

February 7, 2017

Funded books, supplies, and training for grandparents who tutor 1st and 2nd graders in reading

Read "Write" Adult Literacy Program

San Antonio Public Library Foundation – TX

December 24, 2016

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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Battle of the Books Competition

Bd of Trustees of Carroll County Public Library – MD

December 24, 2016

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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Read for Life Program

Gross Schechter Day School – Pepper Pike, OH

December 24, 2016

Funded books, incentives, decorations, and speaker fee for their year-long program

Reading Grands

Rogers County Literacy Council – Claremore, OK

October 6, 2016

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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Aiming High

Coach Sam's Inner Circle – Cleveland, OH

September 22, 2016

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

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Read Aloud Project

Denver Public Library Friends Foundation – CO

September 22, 2016

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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Codebreakers

Lawrence School – Broadview Heights, OH

August 4, 2016

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

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In Honor of Carla Hayden-Steps to School Readiness

Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City – MD

June 21, 2016

Funds to provide emergent literacy programs for preschoolers and parents

Storytime Outreach

Foundation for the Toronto Public Library – Canada

May 1, 2016

Supported a program to high needs communities to help parents and preschoolers with emergent literacy skills.

Super Reading, Super Heroes

Davidson County Library Foundation – NC

May 23, 2016

Funded outreach to day care centers and schools providing literacy learning software for 4th to 8th graders and accompanying superhero-themed programming

Kick Off to Kindergarten

Queens Borough Public Library – NY

June 7, 2016

Funded three more series in their 90-minute, 8-week session training program for parents

Literacy Annual Fund (In Memory of Abe Sass)

Friends & Family of PS 11 – Brooklyn

June 7, 2016

Funded support for students in the school’s literacy program

Summer Reading Program

Bd. Of County Commisioners, Lee County Library System – FL

June 7, 2016

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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Kindergarten Kickstart

Library Legacy Foundation, Toledo & Lucas County Public Library – OH

May 23, 2016

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 by 4th

Free Library of Philadelphia – PA

May 23, 2016

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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Library-by-Mail Reading Assistance

Mid-Continent Public Library – Independence, MO

April 23, 2016

Purchased magnifiers and e-readers for home bound library users

Summer Reading Club

Friends of the Cleveland Public Library – OH

April 5, 2016

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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1-2-3 Read

Cuyahoga Co. Public Library – OH

March 14, 2016

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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