Whether you choose to support a literacy organization or donate your gently-used books, there are plenty of opportunities to promote literacy and a love of reading to last a lifetime. Check out this list for ideas to get involved in Wisconsin.
- Adult literacy: Use Wisconsin Literacy’s map to contact a program near you and become an adult literacy tutor. Tutors are needed to assist adult basic education learners, GED preparation and English language learners.
- Early literacy: This list can help you find a Reach Out and Read program in your county. Contact your local clinic and ask what volunteer opportunities are available.
Volunteers can assist clinic staff with:
- Book ordering, sorting and labeling
- Hosting a fundraising event in your community to raise money for the clinic’s new book purchases for well-child visits ages 6 months to 5 years
- Organizing a book drive to collect gently-used books appropriate for any age
- Our book guidelines provide helpful tips about which types of books are acceptable
- Collaborate with schools, churches, community groups and workplaces
- Help create a literacy-rich environment by donating:
- New bookcases or child-sized furniture (benches, tables, chairs)
- A story time rug
- Children’s or parenting magazines
- Bulletin boards or other displays
- Become a volunteer reader
- Keep in mind not all clinics can accommodate volunteer readers and there may be an extensive volunteer screening process
- Offer to read aloud at your child’s school or at the local library. Not only will you get to spend more quality time with them but you will also help their peers succeed too.
Advocate for literacy:
- Even though it may not be an election year, contacting your state and federal representative to talk about the importance of literacy is always relevant.
- Looking to declutter? Give your much loved gently-used books to a friend, a child or a Little Free Library
- If you live near Madison, WI the Madison Reading Project accepts book donations for children and teens. They share these books with non-profits, social workers, schools and shelters.
Do you support literacy in other ways? Comment below with your ideas.