Here at Half Price Books, we celebrate reading year round, but September is special – it’s National Literacy Month!
I can hardly remember a time when I couldn’t read, so it’s easy to forget that there are millions of adults across the country who cannot read, and if those adults have children, they have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.
Here in Dallas, I’m proud to be a member of the board of directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help them reach their goal of bending the trend and teaching adults to read.
And luckily, there are tons of wonderful non-profit organizations across the country working to tackle the problem of illiteracy with both kids and adults alike. We hope you’ll join us in supporting them during National Literacy Month (and throughout the year!). Stop by and donate at your local store. Can’t make it to a location? Donate via the non-profit of your choice’s website!
Phoenix, Arizona – Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County
Bay Area, California – East Bay Children’s Book Project
Citrus Heights, California – Reading Partners – Sacramento
Decatur, Georgia – Everybody Wins! Atlanta
Marietta, Georgia – Marietta Reads
Chicago, Illinois – Literacy Chicago
Fort Wayne, Indiana – Fort Wayne Literacy Alliance
Indianapolis, Indiana – National Center for Families Learning
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Kirkwood Adult Literacy Program
Des Moines, Iowa – Des Moines Area Community College Adult Literacy Program
Louisville/Lexington, Kentucky – National Center for Families Learning
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Minnesota Literacy Council
Kansas City, Missouri – Literacy Kansas City
St. Louis, Missouri – YMCA Literacy Council of St. Louis
Omaha, Nebraska – Literacy Center for the Midlands
Cincinnati, Ohio – Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati (NAULC)
Cleveland, Ohio – Seeds of Literacy
Dayton, Ohio – Project READ
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Austin, Texas – Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
College Station, Texas – Barbara Bush Literacy Corps Adult Literacy Library Program – Mounce Public Library
Corpus Christi, Texas – Corpus Christi Literacy Council
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – LIFT- Literacy Instruction for Texas
Houston, Texas – Houston Center for Literacy
San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio Youth Literacy
San Marcos, Texas – San Marcos Education Foundation
Seattle, Washington – Literacy Council of Seattle
Tacoma, Washington – Tacoma Area Literacy Council
Appleton, Wisconsin – Fox Valley Literacy Council
Brookfield, Wisconsin – Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha
Madison, Wisconsin – Literacy Network of Dane County
Emily is Public Relations Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.