Monday, September 26, 2011

Bringing Boxes Filled With Books!

Congratulations to Katie Longo for her very successful book drive for Reader to Reader’s Navajo Nation Library Book Drive.

The book drive benefits the Navajo Nation Library in Window Rock, Arizona. The only public library on the Navajo Nation, the library is the primary source of books for the 300,000 residents of the 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation that covers parts of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

The Cumberland, Maine high school student collected and carefully sorted over 500 books for her community service project. She also drove them down from Maine to our headquarters in Amherst, Massachusetts.

A job well done!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Reader to Reader on TV

Watch Reader to Reader founder and executive director, David Mazor, as he discusses our diverse range of programs on WWLP-TV's "Mass Appeal".

Click this link to see the segment.

Friday, September 16, 2011

On behalf of the Chicopee Public Schools I would like to thank you!

Dear Mr. Mazor,

On behalf of the Chicopee Public Schools I would like to thank you and Reader to Reader for the donation of over 25,000 books that were distributed to our students. Each of our 10 elementary Schools, and two middle schools had an opportunity to select books for their students. Books that were distributed to the Elementary Schools will be used for a wide variety of purposes. Many schools will be using multiple copies of books to enhance academic programs. On the first day of school many students will go home with a brand new book! During the holidays many students will also receive the gift of a book, all due to the generous donation made by your organization.

During our Title I Summer School Program, which serves over 1000 students, we hosted several ‘Bingo for Books’ events. This was a fun way to support attendance during our summer program. Students had an opportunity to interact in a social setting, while working on vocabulary activities. Each student that attended this event went home with one – two books. The success of this event can be directly attributed to your organization and making it possible for our students to expand their personal libraries.

Again, on behalf of the Chicopee Public Schools I would like to thank you for the donation you recently made.


Samuel A. Karlin, Principal
Belcher School
Chicopee, MA

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thank you doesn’t begin to express my extreme gratitude!

Dear Reader to Reader,

Thank you doesn’t begin to express my extreme gratitude for the beautiful books you sent our library. You are truly a lifeline for us.


Lisa Gendreau, Librarian
Henry J. Winters Elementary
Pawtucket, RI

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Back to School with 25,000 Books!

Thousands of children in Chicopee and Springfield, Massachusetts went back to school with 25,000 new children’s books.

The book donation was through Reader to Reader’s annual Book Extravaganza, which donates tens of thousands of books each year to schools in the Springfield area.

“There is nothing like owning a new book!” says Reader to Reader executive director, David Mazor. “We are very pleased to give these children something special to start their school year.”

The books are from leading authors, including R.L. Stine, Gary Paulsen, Jenny Dale and scientist Stephen Hawking.

“Reader to Reader has been a generous supporter of the Chicopee School District for many year,” says Belcher Elementary principal, Samuel Karlin. “We can always count on them for thousands of books that enhance our children’s lives and strengthen our programs. The wide variety of titles in this year's donation will mean that there is something for everybody.”

The annual Book Extravaganza was made possible by program sponsors Comcast, Scholastic Inc. and Chicopee Savings Bank. Grant support for this program included the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, and the Xeric Foundation.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Reader to Reader Pledges Computers for Library Damaged by Hurricane Irene

Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, New York, will be getting 6 computers from Reader to Reader’s computer donation program to replace those destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

The Hurricane caused massive flooding throughout upstate New York and Vermont, and Reader to Reader is donating books and computers to replace those lost in the worst natural disaster since the hurricane of 1938.

Hurricane Irene not only destroyed buildings but also washed out hundreds of roads, cutting communities off and making relief efforts difficult.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene Book Drive

Reader to Reader has launched a book drive to help restock the libraries and schools damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Massive flooding in New York State and Vermont destroyed all or part of the collections at a number of libraries, including the children’s collections at the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay, New York, and the West Hartford Public Library in West Hartford, Vermont. The Schoharie Free Library in Schoharie, New York lost everything but their nonfiction. The list is growing as libraries assess the damage from the worst hurricane to hit the region since 1938.

Reader to Reader’s past relief work includes over 2 million books donated to schools and libraries damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Books being collected for the Hurricane Irene book drive should in new or like-new condition.

Send to:

Reader to Reader
Hurricane Irene Book Drive
38 Woodside Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

We will post information about other damaged libraries as we get it.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Mexico Students Go Back to School With 13,000 New Children's Books

School children attending schools in the Gallup-McKinley County school district in New Mexico got a boost as they went back to school. Reader to Reader has donated 13,000 new children’s books to bolster the resources of area schools from leading authors, including R.L. Stine, Gary Paulsen, Jenny Dale and scientist Stephen Hawking.

The book donation was made possible through the generous support of Scholastic, Inc.’s ClassroomsCare program.

The donation brought an estimated $150,000 in new books for all grades from kindergarten to grade twelve.

“These books are going to schools in one of the poorest district in the country,” notes Reader to Reader executive director, David Mazor. “Most of the students that attend these schools are Navajo and this donation is part of our long-term commitment to boosting the reading level for Native-American students, which is among the nation’s lowest.”