Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Help Fill the Book Bus with Children’s Books!

Help fill the Book Bus with children’s books! 

Join Reader to Reader at the Eric Carle Museum from 10 AM-2 PM on Saturday, September 20, and donate your used (or even new) children’s books. 

The books will go to low-income children throughout the Holyoke/Springfield area. 

Free museum admission with your donation! Meet children’s authors and play games! 

Thank you to WRSI and the Eric Carle Museum for making this great event possible.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lots of new books! Thousands, actually!

We are giving out thousands of books this fall! How are we doing it?

Lots of new incoming books for all ages are arriving every week!

The books are coming from publishers, authors and individual donors.

We love giving out books, donating computers, and providing program that build literacy in low-income communities.

We are glad to have lots of new books to do so!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Reading Mentors Return!

After a summer of rest, research, interning, and other adventures, our mentors have returned and the office is once again buzzing with their chatter, enthusiasm, and energy. The year is already off to a busy start with mentors dropping in daily to pick up books almost as fast as we’re putting them out, voracious readers that they are. We had a great turnout at the Mentor Welcome Back Shindig last Thursday, thrown to celebrate our mentors’ return and to say thank you for all the work they do to make a difference. Amid refreshments and conversations we had the chance to catch up with old faces and chat with some of the new ones who were thinking about joining our team.

Interviews for this year’s batch of new mentors are well underway and we even have a few on board already. We are so excited to have them and to have the opportunity to meet such vibrant and passionate students who are, to our delight, fellow book-lovers and lifelong readers themselves. With the forums set to start up again in the next week, this year is already promising to be another exciting one and we can’t until the program is back in full swing and we’ve filled all our vacant mentor positions.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video Highlights of ELL Summer of Power

Reader to Reader's Katy Moonan put together this great short video of our mentors in the ELL Summer of Power at Holyoke High School.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

$14,000 Worth of Textbooks for Red Lake Nation College

We are pleased to donate $14,000 worth of Basic Mathematics textbooks to Red Lake Nation College in the heart of the Anishinaabe nation on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota.

Thank you to author Steve Slavin for making this donation possible.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Video Highlights of Blueprint for Success Summer Program

Video Highlights of Reader to Reader's summer 2014 Blueprint for Success college preparation course.

The month-long boot camp held in Springfield Massachusetts, combined SAT prep, college matching, financial aid, the application process, and college essay writing into an intensive program designed to help low-income students better prepare for college.

Blueprint for Success was funded in part by the Springfield Public Schools, and John and Elizabeth Armstrong.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Video Highlights of the Navajo Nation Book Drive

A short video on the Navajo Nation Book Drive, which has brought over 120,000 books, hundreds of computers, and thousands of school supplies to every corner of the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation