Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mesa Library Rises from the Ashes

We are so pleased to have played a role in restocking Mesa Elementary’s library after it was destroyed by arson in September 2010.

Some 20,000 books, as well as their computers, furniture and supplies were all lost.

Over the last five months we shipped thousands of new and used children's books, including books generously donated by authors Jane Yolen, Mo Willems and Norton Juster, and purchased Navajo-English children’s books that were specifically requested by the school librarian.

The school in Farmington, New Mexico recently celebrated the opening of its new library with a visit from children’s book authors Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, the authors of the popular "Magic Tree House" series. They personally donated 500 copies of their books.

Here is a note from Mesa's principal.

Hi Mr. Mazor,

Here are just two pictures of our new library. It is beautiful with all the new books. Our librarian hosted a recent Family Literacy Night. Great things are happening here at Mesa. Thank you again for all you've done. We are truly blessed because of friends like you.

With Respect,

Pandora Mike
Mesa Elementary, Farmington, NM

Thanks to the efforts of a number of organizations and individuals, Mesa’s library is now filled with 11,000 new books and offers all its students an inviting room filled with wonder, ready to ignite the imagination.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Books Bring Smiles

The children at Belcher Elementary in Chicopee, MA, enjoyed their new children’s books.

So did their librarian!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bound for Kosovo

Reader to Reader’s student worker Anna Quan helps load computers bound for the Fisnik Matoshi Library in Pristina, Kosovo.

The project helps the the Gjergj Fishta School in Pristina create a library space where students feel welcome and are inspired to read. The goal is to fill the library with books in both Albanian and English, and provide the students with computers, English-language software, and school supplies.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Light We Can Count On

Dear Reader to Reader,

With all the pressure on teachers from cuts in budgets, your box of Twilight prizes was a very important boost here. It really means a lot to know Reader to Reader supports this school. Teachers are using Reader to Reader mentors daily. And, without prompting, all English teachers give your program credit for raising our reading scores on state tests. Thank you for your work. Most of all, thank you for sticking by us for all these years. The future for teaching seems bleak, but your donations and your positive influence are a light we can count on.

Thank you,

Carla Clauschee
Navajo Pine High School
Navajo, NM