What’s the Book Bus? It’s a school bus that we – with your help – fill with children’s books! The books are then sorted and distributed to places that need them, like Springfield and Holyoke public schools and libraries, and Native American reservations.
We filled the Book Bus last year, will you help us fill it even more this year? It’s easy!
– Bring used or new children’s books to the Eric Carle Museum between 10 and noon on Saturday 9/12.
– Put them on the bus!
– Every kid that brings books gets free admission to the Carle that day!
To make it even more fun our friend Jarrett J. Krosoczka is celebrating his 30th(!) published book, It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon. Meet Jarrett, get a book signed and even watch the new short film of his book Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. Jarrett’s appearance starts at 11 am.
Bring a book, a bag of books, bring a whole library – we want as many books as we can get! New, used, all are welcome.
A special thank you to WRSI and the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
We are stocking up on refurbished Dell Optiplex and iMac computers.
We will be donating lots of computers this fall to schools and outreach programs that need computer labs and computers for classrooms.
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.
This summer we launched Literacy Explorers, our new summer program at the Amherst Regional Public Schools in Amherst, Massachusetts.
A rotating team of nine interns and three Reader to Reader staff worked with eight kids, often one on one, to discover books and other activities that made for a fun learning environment.
Working with kindergarten students whose home language is not English, or who simply want more time to practice English skills over the summer, we created a story-rich environment full of opportunities to read and write.
Over the program's three weeks, students worked on projects such as creating their own alphabet books, designing letter-themed t-shirts, writing and illustrating short booklets, various crafts, and drawing accompanied with verbal and written word practice.
We hope we made as much of an impact on these kids as they made on us. We'll sure miss them!
Literacy Explorers is a part of Reader to Reader's DiscoverBooks Program.