Born to Read – Promoting Literacy Right From the Start

A group of 30 men and women from the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight in Traverse City have built a program that reaches parents of newborn babies which is making a lifetime of difference for the children of their region.  Born to Read is the signature project of the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight in Traverse City, Michigan.  Its mission is to promote early literacy by spreading the word about the importance of reading, talking, and singing with children every day starting from birth.

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Food pantries can feed children’s bodies & minds!

Pam Leo is a family literacy activist, the author of Connection Parenting and a new poem, and future children’s book, Please Read To Me.  Her enduring love of children’s books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents are combined in her new role as the founder of a grassroots literacy movement, the Book Fairy Pantry Project, whose mission is: To put children’s books in the hands of all parents so there will be… No Child With No Books.

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Community Baby Shower


The baby shower was hosted in Central Lake, Michigan by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, which led the development of CLEO – Central Lake Early Experiences and Opportunities and is a significant supporter, with its Cleo M. Purdy Endowment.

What excited you about a community-wide baby shower for all the newborn and expectant mothers/families in Central Lake? 

By hosting a community baby shower, we wanted to introduce families as early as possible to CLEO and give them an opportunity to understand that there is a tangible network of high quality experiences and opportunities to support families right from the start. We wanted to do this in an informal, fun, celebratory way!

It also provides us with an opportunity to sign up each child to receive a free book delivered to their home each month through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and to share information from the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES National Campaign on why reading aloud for 15 minutes, starting at birth and continuing through 3rd grade, is essential to assure their child’s early brain development and lifelong learning success. Continue reading “Community Baby Shower”

Cazenovia Public Library Read Aloud Program


What do you get when you put a Summer Reading Program, a Family Read Aloud Project, and a local food pantry together? Energy, inspiration, and togetherness, in spades!

Cazenovia Public Library has been a proud partner of Cazenovia’s local food pantry, CazCares, for nearly a decade. Betsy Kennedy, Director, says she is “happy to share the way we’re working together to transform people’s lives.”

How do you stock literacy in a food pantry?

In addition to offering food, clothing items, and other support services to local residents, CazCares delivers on its motto, “We stock LITERACY in our food pantry!” While parents receive services, their preschool age children can play, interact, and learn in the Story Room, a wonderful language- and literacy-rich environment sponsored by the Cazenovia Public Library. In the summer months the Story Room is opened up to school age children to help maintain and boost their literacy skills outside of the classroom. “Students get a real head start on the school year when they’ve continued reading and writing over the summer,” says Literacy Coordinator, Carla Zimmerman. “Our joint program at CazCares offers free books, support, and fun literacy activities to keep students involved and excited about learning all summer long.” Continue reading “Cazenovia Public Library Read Aloud Program”

Restaurant Reader tutorial


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Jacqui Davison is the Director of Hillsboro CARES (Community Advocates for Reading Enrichment and Success), the mother of three busy, book-loving boys, and a dairy farmer based in Hillsboro, Wisonsin.  Hillsboro CARES is an organization working to encourage reading in all places by all ages, and having it supported and promoted by the entire community.

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