Monday, June 11, 2018
Reader to Reader, a global literacy organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts, is giving away tens of thousands of new children’s books to schools and outreach programs in the Springfield, Massachusetts-area.
The organization’s Spring Book Extravaganza is donating 22,000 books valued at over $300,000.
The annual event is in its eighth year, and the hundreds boxes of books linde the walls at the Chicopee Public Schools Maintenance Department waiting for teachers to pick out the books they need for their classrooms.
Chicopee Public Schools serves as the host site of the event each year, and teachers fill cars, vans and trucks with mountains of books.
The books are brand new and are available to schools in Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and West Springfield. The books span a wide range of ages and interests and include grade levels pre-K to 12.
“It’s an exciting event,” David Mazor, Reader to Reader’s founder. “There were teachers, principals and administrators lined up at the door when we opened at 9:00am!”
David Mazor, Reader to Reader’s founder, adds that "these books are part of our ongoing support for the Reading Success by 4th Grade Initiative. Increased access to books is a key factor in raising literacy rates."
Reader to Reader’s book donations draw praise from teachers and school administrators.
“The books we picked out today are unbelievable!” Margaret Betts, librarian at Maple Elementary in Easthampton, said. “It is an amazing bookfair. Thank you so much for supporting our school in this way. We are lucky to have Reader to Reader partnering with us!"
The event is sponsored by the Chicopee Savings Bank Foundation. Donating publishers include Scholastic Books Fairs, Pioneer Valley Press, and Home Grown Books.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Our Hurricane Harvey relief efforts continue. More than 8,000 new books for children and young adult readers will be given out by the Houston Independent School District.
The books have a value of $120,000.
Thank you to Scholastic Book Fairs for making this donation possible!
Friday, April 13, 2018
We collected over 6,000 thousand children's books that are going to children in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
For the past decade, Reader to Reader’s Bridgeport Literacy Initiative has donated tens of thousands of new and used books to the children of Bridgeport.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
We just got in a large supply of computers that we are ready to donate, including beautiful 27" iMacs!
Reader to Reader's Computer Donation Program donates new computers, tablets and e-readers, and refurbished Dell and Apple computers to schools with strong need for access to technology.
Computer labs have been built in New York City, on the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Nation, western Massachusetts, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Trinidad & Tobago.
New computers, including laptop and desktop computers, tablets and e-readers, are reserved for schools and projects already participating in Reader to Reader programs.
Used computers have been refurbished and are completely ready to run right out of the box.
"Thank you for our wonderful computers in our film class and computer lab. The donation has made it possible to build and equip a computer and film lab. Every student and staff member will benefit from this generous donation."
--Navajo Pine High School, Navajo, New Mexico
Monday, March 5, 2018
"Eighteen boxes of donated children's and young adult books have finally made it to their new home at La Biblioteca Electronica in Lajas, Puerto Rico. Thanks to David Mazor and Reader to Reader for your super generous contribution to our book fair post Hurricane Maria. The young people of Lajas are sincerely grateful and totally overwhelmed with the warmth and generosity of people who chose to offer joy in the aftermath of destruction."
Lajas, Puerto Rico
Thursday, February 8, 2018
“I thank you so very much for your wonderful donation to help lift these spirits that were not destroyed but lost. It was a memorable experience to witness such a powerful storm, however it was not enough to blow away our spirits. Many of us picked up a book to pass the time, then another and another. Without electricity, the thirst for entertainment, knowledge, adventure sparked each morning as the sun rose.”
--Aluisa N. Irazany Ortiz and the students from Leonides Morales Rodriguez School
Lajas, Puerto Rico
Lajas, Puerto Rico
Reader to Reader is pleased to help rebuild resources at Leonides Morales Rodriguez High School in Lajas, Puerto Rico. Susan Nadathur and Sita Nadathur came and selected hundreds of books from our inventory.
The hurricane relief project is in collaboration with Wethersfield High School, and their librarian Nella Szilagyi.
Monday, January 22, 2018
We are excited to kick off 2018 with a huge book donation of 20,000 children’s books for low-income children in Mississippi. The total value of the donation is roughly $200,000.
The books will be give out by Mississippi’s rural public libraries.
A very special thank you to publisher Home Grown Books for making this possible.