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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book People Unite For Literacy


There are 16,000,000 kids living in poverty in the US.  Many have fallen behind in the education system.  But there is a way to help them – and to promote reading and books.

Go to a website, www.BookPeople Unite.org, and you can sign a pledge to help and to support young readers.  The site is supported by RIF, Reading Is Fundamental - the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, and the Library of Congress, our nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the world’s largest library.  RIF is 48 year old and LOC is 214 years old.  Both serve a very important role in educating people and in inspiring new readers.

RIF has provided 35 million kids with 400 million new, free books over the years.  The site says: “For many of the kids RIF serves, their RIF books are their only books.  They are the books that fill their hungry minds and nourish their future successes – in school and life.”

It seems like books are everywhere and readily available, but for some they are not able to take advantage of what’s out there.   Many don’t get library cards.  Others don’t have devices in which they can download inexpensive or even free books.  And children’s paper books can be quite costly to those on a tight budget where choices often revolve around paying for food, transportation, clothes and shelter.

Kids love books when they are exposed to them early and often, in a positive environment of love and encouragement.  But kids can’t choose books – adults must encourage kids to read, to be there to help them learn, and to provide books for them.  Luckily, programs like BookPeopleUnite.com and groups like RIF, make reading books a wonderful experience.

The site says it all: “We’re bringing together people who share our love of reading to help us get books in the hands of kids who need them most.  The movement recognizes the incredible effect books can have on a child’s imagination, sparking ambition, overcoming obstacles and inspiring curious minds.”

Will unite for literacy? For the kids?

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014

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