Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Very Special Thank You to Author Sahar Delijan

A very special thank you to author Sahar Delijani for her donation of 1,500 copies of her novel Children of the Jacaranda Tree. 

"...a celebration of the human heart’s eternal yearning for freedom."
– Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Computers Ready to Donate

We are so pleased to have more refurbished computers ready to donate!

Reader to Reader's Computer Donation Program donates new computers and e-readers, and refurbished Dell and Apple computers to schools with strong need for access to technology. The used computers are donated and refurbished by Amherst College and have been serviced by their IT department to be completely ready to run right out of the box. 

Computer labs have been built on the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Nation, western Massachusetts, Costa Rica, Ghana, Kosovo, Nicaragua, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

At Work on the Navajo Nation

We are so pleased to welcome Carleton College graduate Meg Holladay as our new Navajo Outreach Coordinator.

Meg is based on the Navajo Nation in St. Michaels, Arizona, where she is bringing a host of services and programs to area schools. 

Through our Blueprint for Success Program, she is helping students with ACT and SAT test prep, college search, college applications, essay writing, and financial aid support.

She is also a resource connector, helping Reader to Reader meet the needs of a wide variety of groups across the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet Sylvia Ngo!

This fall we are pleased to welcome Sylvia Ngo as our new Mentor Support Coordinator. As an undergraduate, Sylvia was a mentor for our Read, Think, Share mentoring program for three years and enjoyed the opportunity to share her love for reading with youth. She quickly grew to be a staunch advocate for Reader to Reader’s far-flung efforts to promote literacy and the impact of these efforts, as well as the lifelong friendships she has formed with fellow mentors and staff convinced her stay on to play a role in making Reader to Reader as meaningful an experience for other mentors as it has been for her.

As the 2014-15 Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring, Sylvia draws from her background to recruit, train, and supervise and support the ever-growing number of mentors.

Sylvia graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a B.A. in anthropology. She spent much of undergraduate years digging into the histories of the campus museums and studying the colonial histories and contemporary issues that surround and politicize museums, ownership of the past, representations of cultures, and the production of knowledge.

During her free time she enjoyed hanging out at the Reader to Reader office and sharing college history and paleontological wonders with visitors of all ages at the natural history museum.

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.