Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reader to Reader's New Literacy Explorers Summer Program Builds English Skills

This summer we launched Literacy Explorers, our new summer program at the Amherst Regional Public Schools in Amherst, Massachusetts. 
A rotating team of nine interns and three Reader to Reader staff worked with eight kids, often one on one, to discover books and other activities that made for a fun learning environment.
Working with kindergarten students whose home language is not English, or who simply want more time to practice English skills over the summer, we created a story-rich environment full of opportunities to read and write.

Over the program's three weeks, students worked on projects such as creating their own alphabet books, designing letter-themed t-shirts, writing and illustrating short booklets, various crafts, and drawing accompanied with verbal and written word practice.
We hope we made as much of an impact on these kids as they made on us. We'll sure miss them!

Literacy Explorers is a part of Reader to Reader's DiscoverBooks Program.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

From the Tasha Community Library in Nigeria:

“I have received the shipment of the books, I am grateful.

Recently, my librarian shared a story with me of a boy who visited the library and stole the book he was reading, simply because he so much loved the story book that he could not finish reading the book before the library closed. Unknown to the young child of about 7 years, the librarian had planned to ask him for the book when next he visits the library. Just after two days, the mother of the child came apologizing to our librarian for her child and his obsession for books, thanks to the colorful books you are sharing with us. The books are doing great stuff."

"Stories like this are resonating in our libraries and we are working hard to sustain the interest of these underserved kids in reading and learning everything they could.

I noticed you gave us two copies of Dr. Seuss's " Oh, The Places You'll Go!" The book has inspired a lot of the children during our reading sessions.

Please see attached pictures of the Reader to Reader banner at Tasha Community Library.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank you to Bruce's Browser

We are always sad when a bookstore closes, but we are grateful to Bruce's Browser, Athol, Massachusetts, for donating all their books to us. 

The thousands of new books on a wide variety of topics will be going to the Navajo Nation library in Window Rock, Arizona. 

The Navajo Nation Library is the sole library serving the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Beyond el Campo Team Spends Summer in Costa Rica

This year’s Beyond el Campo team, Leonie Rauls, Melissa Martinez and Maria Vergara, arrived in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, where they taught their first English class at the public library.

“We taught them the body parts and played an interactive game of putting note cards with the body parts on someone's body. Then we sang the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song to reinforce what they had learned. “

About Beyond el Campo

Beyond el Campo, a project of Reader to Reader's Springboard Program, seeks to combat the issue of educational inequality in Costa Rica by providing essential tools and educational resources to inspire success. Its goals are to provide a public space that serves as a community center for learning and creative engagement; to equip that space with resources that connect students with their own passions and interests; and to offer educational programs and workshops open to the entire community.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Recording Spoken Word Poetry at Northfire Recording Studio

Teen mothers from Holyoke, MA, went to Northfire Studio to record their spoken word poetry on day 2 of our Athena Program.

The Athena Program works with teen mothers from Holyoke, MA, and combines personal literacy and family literacy with healthy eating and cooking.

The Athena Program is sponsored by Florence Bank and Northfire Recording Studio.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Athena Program Kicks Off 6th Year!

Day 1 of our 6th annual Athena Interactive Literacy Program kicked off with Chef Bill Collins demonstrating how to make homemade lemonade, and the versatility of the egg.

The Athena Program works with teen mothers from Holyoke, MA, and combines personal literacy and family literacy with healthy eating and cooking.

The Athena Program is sponsored by Florence Bank.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Books for Summer Reading on the Navajo Nation!

We are pleased to donate 2,056 new children’s books for summer reading for kids in the Gallup-McKinley County School District.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful books for Elementary students. We received them in time to send them home to students for summer reading. I cannot express enough how precious these books are to our community and how much they are appreciated!"

-Cindi Tah
Library Media and Assessment Specialist
Gallup McKinley County Schools
Gallup, NM