Socialize and Serve at the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
We'll socialize over dinner, two UChicago alumni will discuss their organizations' work to address low literacy levels in Cuyahoga County and then we'll browse, batch and box books for distribution to organizations serving children and families in need.
Did you know that over 400,000 Cuyahoga County adults read at or below the 7th grade level? Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success. Yet two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children’s book. Come learn what two UChicago alumni are doing to address this challenge through programs that support early literacy. Judi Kovach, MBA'82, Co-Founder and Chair of the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, and Joan Spoerl, AB'85, Program Coordinator of The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland's Dolly Parton Imagination Library program will talk about their organizations' work.
We'll provide dinner and drinks and socialize from 5:45 p.m. until 6:30. Then Judi and Joan will talk before we do the work of batching and boxing books. Bring a friend or your family too!
In its first 17 months, the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank has distributed 800,034 amazing children's books through more than 600 partner organizations and its Little Free Libraries.
The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland works to advance literacy by raising awareness of the issue, promoting effective public advocacy, and fostering a delivery system with maximum impact on the region. One of its most recent initiatives is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program now available to children in some area communities through the support of two family foundations. It is a unique early years book gifting program that mails a brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years of age, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books and family reading from an early age.
Please register by Thursday, November 9 if possible for meal planning purposes. If you want to come but haven't registered by then, please call or email Joan Spoerl.
Note: The book bank recommends wearing comfortable shoes and clothes (and layers for cold weather). Ages 12 and beyond welcome to assist and attend.
Directions: The book bank is one street north of Chester between E. 36th and E. 40th. Enter the large fenced parking lot on the north side of the street in the middle of the block and head to the back. They are at the end of the building on the left with the entrance next to Loading Dock B. You can either use the intercom or call (216) 978-4554 and they will let you in.
For more information on these organizations and programs, visit kidsbookbank.org, www.literacycooperative.org and www.imaginationlibrary.org. Judi and Joan would be happy to talk with interested alumni who can't attend.