In October, we held our annual Reach a Reader campaign, raising $14,165 to support our literacy programs. Thank-you to our donors, volunteers, Credit Union partners and Black Press for making the campaign a great success. We use the money we raise to support local literacy programs, to buy quality program resources and to buy books to give away in family literacy programs. This month many CBAL communities are collecting books to distribute in Christmas hampers.
You may wonder why we go to all this trouble. It is really quite simple. Literacy programs with quality resources are better programs. Children who have books in their homes have a better chance of school success. Strong literacy skills lead to success in life - better jobs, better health and increased civic engagement.
By providing quality learning resources for literacy programs for people of all ages and putting books in the hands of people who need them, we can make a difference. So, if you have any new or "just like new" books to donate this holiday season, please do so. You can find out where to drop off books by contacting your community literacy coordinator.
Best wishes for the holiday season from CBAL!