Summer of Celebrations
Summer is in full swing and there is so much to do around every corner of the city. With so much going on, there is bound to be some amazing activity that you just could not attend.

Maybe you missed our Summer Student Honors Celebration at our Downtown Center on July 11th. The quarterly event acknowledges student success, but students are quick to point out that their achievements could not be reached without support from YOU. Your support truly changes lives, but you don't have to take our word for it. Please click on the video and take a moment to hear from some of the students who moved the crowd to tears with their heartfelt testimonies and gratitude.
Literacy Services is finishing out the season with many more exciting events that you won't want to miss. Keep reading to find fun opportunities to have a great time supporting LSW all summer long.
Celebrate the Joy of Reading!

Milwaukee PBS, Milwaukee Public Library, Boswell Book Company, and Literacy Services of Wisconsin invite you to examine the power, passion, and joy of reading, with a multi-platform initiative, The Great American Read . The American public and a panel of literary experts picked their 100 favorite books to take part in the first national vote to choose "America's Best-Loved Book."
The polls are open throughout the summer, leading up to the grand finale in October 2018. You can vote at  and through hashtag voting on Facebook and Twitter using #GreatReadPBS. Voting by a toll-free phone call and SMS texting will be available in the fall. Click the button on the right to download the list of America's Favorite 100 Books. Did your favorite make the cut?
The Great American Read: Upcoming Events
Summer Reading Picnic
Monday, August 6th

Meet Milwaukee author Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake; Luck, Love & Lemon Pie; The Simplicity of Cider; and The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go. Reichert will discuss her love for writing stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner.
Free and Open to the Public
Bring your lawn chair or blanket, a picnic basket if you want to, and get ready to enjoy a spirited discussion on how books influence our own self-discovery and life journey. Bring any book you are interested in discussing as well. Light refreshments served.
Milwaukee Public Library
Zablocki Branch
3501 West Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Blind Date With a Book
Join us this September for Blind Date With a Book events at The Milwaukee Public Market. Get a free, gently-used book, compliments of Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s donors.

Choose from a selection of mysteriously wrapped books with vague descriptions on them. Enjoy your lunch or dinner while getting to know your new novel a little better. You may stumble on a genre you never thought you’d like or an author you've never heard of before. You might even end up paired with one of the 100 novels selected for PBS's The Great American Read. Afterwards, let us know how your date went on social media with #MKEBlindDateBook. 
2nd Floor
400 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

September 7th: 11am-2pm
September 12th: 5pm-7pm
September 21st: 11am-2pm
Books distributed through Blind Date With a Book events were donated and have not been reviewed for content. Books intended for blind dates may contain language that is only suitable for adult audiences. A selection of books suitable for children and young adults will be available for random selection. Limit one per person, per day. While supplies last. 
Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for 2-3 match-makers to help distribute books for each of the Blind Date With a Book events listed above. If you are interested in participating, send an email to Dustin Slane with the event date(s) that you would like to attend. Volunteers will be asked to arrive 30 minutes before each event starts.
Literacy in the Limelight
The Eagle in Me: An Evening of Carl Sandburg by Jonathan Gillard Daly
September 28 - October 21, 2018

Enjoy a delightful journey through the heart of America by one of its finest storytellers, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Carl Sandburg. Milwaukee's own Jonathan Gillard Daly recreates Sandburg's traveling show, bringing his poetry, folklore, and music to life in this exciting world premiere.

Don't forget your books! In Tandem Theatre will host a book-drive throughout the performances to benefit Literacy Services.

All performances located at the Tenth Street Theatre (628 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee WI 53233), home to In Tandem Theatre.

More information online at:
The Rep’s Summer Reading Program
Milwaukee Repertory Theater invites you to join their Summer Reading Program and revisit Jane Austen’s classic novel  Pride and Prejudice  (also part of  The Great American Read .) Once you’ve read (or re-read) the book, join The Rep this holiday season for the clever and charming sequel  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley , running November 13 through December 16.

See how Miss Mary Bennet finally has the chance to be the heroine of her own story in this delightful play. Get $25 tickets for adults ($10 tickets for ages 12-18) by answering the trivia question! “The Bennet Family is rather large and Mary is the _ _ _ _ _ daughter.”

For more information and to redeem the code, call 414-224-9490 or visit
Bring your books!

For the duration of the performances, The Rep will be hosting a book-drive to benefit Literacy Services!
Mark Your Calendar
8th - Volunteer Orientation
16th & 17th - Closed
Staff Retreat
21st - Volunteer Orientation

Summer Break No Classes
August 27th through September 3rd
Classes resume September 4th

3rd - Labor Day
Agency Closed
6th - Volunteer Orientation
19th - Volunteer Orientation
20th - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
2nd - Volunteer Orientation
2nd - Student Honors Celebration
5:00-6:30pm - Downtown Center
17th - Volunteer Orientation

1st - Volunteer Orientation
15th - Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Save the date for a celebration of YOU! Join us on September 20th for great food and great company. Formal invitation to follow.