Wednesday, May 15, 2013
AMHERST, MA--15,000 books are on the their way to Arizona and New Mexico. Reader To Reader, an Amherst-based nonprofit literacy organization, has reached its goal of donating 100,000 to the Navajo Nation Library located on the Navajo reservation in Window Rock, Arizona.
The book drive was launched in July of 2009 and ever since then Navajo Nation Library officials have traveled to Massachusetts twice a year to drive a large U-Haul truck full of books back to the reservation.
Reader to Reader staff and volunteers take six months collecting, sorting and boxing up books for each shipment. It takes the Navajo officials five days to drive back to Arizona spending twelve hours a day behind the wheel.
When the truck gets to Arizona it will deliver books to schools, community centers, a correctional facility, Head Start programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and add thousands of new books to the Navajo Nation Library. It will also deliver some of the books to schools on the Hopi reservation.
“Everyone is very excited to have met our goal,” David Mazor, founder and executive director of Reader to Reader says. “It’s taken four years and there have been lots of wild things happen along the way, including flat tires and driving through Hurricane Sandy.
Last fall’s shipment was loaded on the day Hurricane Sandy hit and the truck had to shelter for the night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania due to a curfew. Monday’s shipment was on a decidedly sunnier day. The need for books is profound, as there are no book stores on the reservation and the Navajo Nation and its small branch library are the sole libraries for the entire 27,000 square-mile Navajo Nation. The branch library was completely stocked with books donated by Reader to Reader.
David Mazor, staff person Kathryn Libby, and four Amherst College students are flying to Arizona on Friday where they will meet the bus and help with the unloading and delivery.
Even with the latest shipment of 15,000 books and a batch of refurbished computers, Mazor says the book drive is far from over. Now that Reader to Reader has reached 100,000 books the new goal is 200,000 books.
“Irving Nelson, director of the Navajo Nation Library, and I really enjoy working together and we both want to keep it going,” Mazor says. “We are grateful to everyone that has donated because without them it would not have been possible.”
People interested in donating book can email email@example.com or call 413-256-8595.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A special thank you to the East Hartford Rotary in East Hartford, Connecticut for their successful “Buck in a Book” book drive that collected 400 books and fundraised $400 in support of Reader to Reader literacy programs.
East Hartford Rotary’s president Sheryl O'Connor presented the books and a check for the funds at their weekly Rotary luncheon.
The “Buck in a Book” program helps Reader to Reader gather the resources needed for donation in low-income communities. In addition, it helps pay for classroom supplies and classroom sets of books.
Thank you Sheryl and all the members of the East Hartford Rotary for helping us launch this new program.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Congratulations to Kat Libby for being named a finalist in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s 2013 Young Professional Award! Kat is one of four finalists among a large pool of candidates from nonprofits across the state.
Kat brings ingenuity, innovation and persistence to our organization, and we are very pleased that she is receiving such recognition for her work at Reader to Reader.
Excellence Award winners will be announced at MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration on June 10th. A full list of the finalists is available here. Hooray for Kat!
Monday, April 29, 2013
A special thank you to author Stephanie Lisa Tara for her donation of 40 copies of her wonderful children’s book “I’ll Follow the Moon”.
Stephanie has donated many thousands of her books to Reader to Reader over the years and we appreciate every single one.
She brings lots of smiles to young faces!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Doing some spring cleaning? Looking for a community service project? Just want to find a new home for the books your kids outgrew?
Reader to Reader is in need of new or gently used children's books, particularly for K-5 students. We are on the lookout for nonfiction as well as fiction of any genre. You can help by donating your books or by holding a book drive in your community! Book drives are a great way to fulfill a community service requirement or teach the youth at your school, church or synagogue about service. As you can see from this picture, kids have a blast giving back!
Learn more about holding a book drive here.
If you live around our Amherst office, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to drop your books off. If you're one of our far-away fans, please mail your books to:
Reader to Reader
38 Woodside Ave
Amherst, MA 01002
Thank you for your support as we get books into the hands of the children who need them most.
Friday, April 19, 2013
A very special thank you to Teen Vogue Magazine for their generous donation of over 300 new young adult novels that are now filling the shelves at New Heights Academy in New York City.
Every one of them will be enjoyed!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sometimes there is a student who is chugging along so well that you just want to hand them books and get out of the way.
Meet Rudi. He's a third grade student at Zanetti School in Springfield, Massachusetts, and with the reading recovery team there he has quickly rocketed from a late-kindergarten reading level to reading on grade level. Making progress like that means you go through reading material awfully quickly. Karen Schreiner, the City Connects Coordinator at Zanetti, let us know right away that Rudi needed books at home so he can continue his great progress.
Not surprisingly, Rudi's tastes are pretty omnivorous. "He loves nonfiction books about animals, sports, and natural science like tornadoes and volcanoes," Karen told us. So we packed up a box of books and brought them over. We even got to meet Rudi, who gives a firm handshake and looks you right in the eye when he says hello.
Of all the books, he was most excited about the young readers' edition of Moby Dick.