Did you know that school-age children spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside of school? Encouraging children to read wherever they are is an important part of helping them become strong readers. That’s why we have expanded our book distribution program to reach children and caregivers where they are.
Thank you to everyone who joined us as a guest or volunteer at our recent community events, including the PARK(ing) Day Festival, Neighborhood Connect Day and Troostapalooza!
In addition to participating in community events, our Reading Is EverywhereSM initiative includes strategically placing baskets of books into locations within communities that experience social vulnerabilities. To date, we have distributed more than 1,200 books.
Our community partners now include ten social service agencies, hair salons, barber shops, restaurants and retailers—making books more accessible to children outside of schools and libraries.