Friday, April 18, 2014

5th Graders Try Out Campus Life

35 students from the 5th grade at Memorial Elementary in West Springfield, Massachusetts joined us at Reader to reader 's home at Amherst College to meet their mentors in the Read, Think, Share program and spend the day seeing what life is like on a college campus.

In perfect spring weather and with mentors leading the way, the students toured the campus, full of questions about what happens in each building and how they could go to Amherst College.  A guided tour of the college's natural history museum included a close-up look at dinosaur bones and petrified wood.  But the highlight of the trip appeared to be the opportunity to eat lunch in a college cafeteria -- side by side with college students.

Each student ended the day by choosing a book from our collection to take home for summer reading.

We are so grateful to Memorial for being such a great partner, to the kids for being such wonderful guests, and to our incredible sponsor United Bank for making the program possible!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Duo to lead Beyond el Campo Project in Costa Rica

Amherst College students  Alexandra Barber and Cheyenne Pritchard will be spending their summer in the village of Santa Cruz de Leon Cortes, Costa Rica, as the leaders of the Beyond el Campo Project.

The duo will supervise a group of college students that will be doing a wide variety of literacy projects.

Now in its fifth year, Beyond el Campo established and supports 3-room public library with over 3,000 books, and provides educational programming, including book groups, summer reading camps and after-school study support.

The library serves the immediate community of over 2,000 people. 

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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wishing a fond farewell to Kat Libby

Wishing a fond farewell to Kat Libby as she heads north to her home state of Maine. We are forever grateful for all she has done to help Reader to Reader grow and prosper!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Expanding our reach to the Tuba City Public Library

Last week’s trip to the Navajo Nation and Hopi Nation has expanded the number of public libraries in the area that we serve.  We are pleased to add the Tuba City Public Library in Tuba City, Arizona. The library serves over 800 patrons a day.

The library offers a full range of library services to the residents of Tuba City and outlying areas. Housed in the historic Krenz-Kerley Trading Post, which dates from 1915, the library contains books for all ages, videos and DVDs, magazines, newspapers, computers, online databases, and wireless access. Designated a Family Place library, the library provides story times and a children’s corner with toys and computer games.

We look forward to donating a wide range of books for all ages and interests.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On the Road, Adding More Schools

Reader to Reader is actively working on increasing the number of schools we reach on the western side of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

A long drive through the wide-open spaces brought us to Tsinaabaas Habitiin Elementary School in Tuba City.

We toured the school and conducted a needs assessment, so we can fine-tune our book donations.

 Back on the road, we headed to Dzil Libei Elementary School in Cameron.

We look forward to sending both schools lots of new books!

Monday, April 7, 2014

In Memory of Peter Matthiessen

The Reader to Reader family would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Peter Matthiessen, an award-winning author and activist for the environment and Native American culture and history.  Mr. Matthiessen was a friend to our organization and a fellow champion of Native American rights. Matthiessen was a two-time National Book Award winner who also wrote "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement."

In 2012, thanks to the generosity and dedication of Matthiessen, Reader to Reader was able to donate a special collection of 16 boxes of Native American books and papers to the Navajo Nation Public Library. This gift added greatly to the library and has been an invaluable asset to the archives of Native history.

We were deeply honored then to have been able to bring Peter Matthiessen’s collection to the Navajo Nation Public Library, and are honored today to have played a small part of his legacy. We hope that you will all take a moment today to remember him as an incredibly kind and dedicated man, whose commitment to the environment and to Native American history had substantial impact on this country.