Book Rich Environments initiative distributes over a quarter million books in 36 public housing communities across the United States

Local distribution events are underway at sites across the country

Over 270,000 books have been shipped to Public Housing Authorities across the country as part of the Book Rich Environments initiative, and distribution to residents is underway. The initiative, a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, is designed to combat “book deserts” by connecting communities with local libraries and other literacy partners, creating a vibrant culture of books, and helping young people build their own home libraries through book ownership.

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2017 innovations in reading prize winner announced

Barbershop Books Wins 2017 Innovations In Reading Prize

The 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize has been awarded to Barbershop Books (Harlem, NY), a community-based reading program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. Over the past 2 years, the program has transformed 49 barbershops into community spaces that support positive early reading experiences for boys in 18 cities across 11 states.

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Our 2nd Annual Why Reading Matters Conference

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Why Reading Matters Conference 2017

A full day of presentations focused on building a new audience for books.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Long Island City, NY

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