Freedom.

Our hearts, spirit, attention, and support remain steadfast with the heroic and proud people of Ukraine. Andrii Vdovychenko is the CEO & Owner of Burda Media Ukraine. He has provided this warehouse photo and his first-hand account of the war in Ukraine to FIPP, the global association of magazine trade associations. Freedom is too easilyContinue reading “Freedom.”

Muskingum County Literacy Council expands our reach down the last mile

The Magazine Literacy Bank in Johnstown, outside Columbus, Ohio, receives magazines recycled by consumers, publishers, and newsstands for delivery to at-risk readers via our teams and literacy partners in Ohio, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Alabama, and across the USA.  We’ve had a long-time goal to expand our operations to surrounding communities, up to two hours in every direction fromContinue reading “Muskingum County Literacy Council expands our reach down the last mile”

March Madness

The 2 Billion+ magazines printed each year for US readers would create a stack 37 million feet high, or 7000+ miles into space, 107 times further than Bezos or Branson. Lined up into the sky, end to end, it’s 366,000 miles, enough to lasso the moon from earth. Literacy ends poverty, of the mind, heart,Continue reading “March Madness”

A great day of volunteer recycling, sorting, packing, and machine learning at the Magazine Literacy Bank

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who came out to the Magazine Literacy Bank at the Atrium Company warehouse in Johnstown, Ohio, just outside Columbus, Saturday. People dropped off beautiful recycled magazines to share with new readers, including boxes of magazines picked up by long-time volunteer, Kaitlyn, at a senior adult community wantingContinue reading “A great day of volunteer recycling, sorting, packing, and machine learning at the Magazine Literacy Bank”

Odyssey Junior Program Nurtures Young Minds

By Joe Hinds Odyssey Junior is one part of the larger University of Wisconsin formed at UW-Madison in 2015. The Odyssey Project gives adult students facing economic hardships, and other difficulties, a head start towards a college degree by offering them free UW humanities courses and support services. Odyssey Junior fosters a family experience forContinue reading “Odyssey Junior Program Nurtures Young Minds”

PR – MagLiteracy.org Literacy Bank Seeks Tornado Relief Brigade to Deliver Reading Materials from Ohio to Children and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2021 CONTACT: John Mennell, Founder help@magliteracy.org. 609.651.8430 Columbus, OH – With a supply of over 300,000 children’s magazines, and thousands more for teen and adult readers, the Magazine Literacy Bank, operated by Magliteracy.org, is seeking relief workers, church missions, utility crews, and first responders, traveling from or through the Columbus,Continue reading “PR – MagLiteracy.org Literacy Bank Seeks Tornado Relief Brigade to Deliver Reading Materials from Ohio to Children and Families”

Celebrating teachers who change lives for good

If you’ve ever mentored a middle school or high school student, you know that a child unable to read is lost – unable to do well in any school subject. Adults unable to read were once children who didn’t learn how. We’ve all heard the stories about teachers who reach deep down into their pocketsContinue reading “Celebrating teachers who change lives for good”

Thank you to the volunteers who make our literacy story possible

Our literacy success depends on investments of treasure, time, and talent. With a growing market of over 7,000 print titles in the US alone, matching every reading age, enthusiasm, professional aspiration, and language, magazines for literacy are more precious than gold. This year we received over a half-million magazines upcycled by consumers, publishers, and newsstands,Continue reading “Thank you to the volunteers who make our literacy story possible”

The Magazine Literacy Bank upcycles magazines down the last mile into the hands homes and hearts of at-readers

Over a billion magazines across over 7,000 titles in the US alone are printed each year. We love love love them, but what happens to them after we read them? The Magazine Literacy Bank operated by MagLiteracy.org, with locations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Toronto, and India – like a food bank and the onlyContinue reading “The Magazine Literacy Bank upcycles magazines down the last mile into the hands homes and hearts of at-readers”

Literacy on a roll

By Abigail Jacob Four states, 750 sprawling miles, eight days of driving: that is what lies between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Columbus, Ohio. It’s not a journey that many choose to make. But for Dwight and Mary Demaine, the trip was well worth it in order to deliver their precious collection of 250 Gourmet magazines andContinue reading “Literacy on a roll”

A long-time magazine literacy hero calls home

Today, we received a phone call at the Ohio Literacy Bank from Diana, who lives in a small Ohio town. She needed our mailing address. Diana has been buying copies of Highlights for Children and Taste of Home magazine, and more from her local newsstand every few months, recently over $80 worth of magazines, andContinue reading “A long-time magazine literacy hero calls home”

‘Feeding their minds’: Johnstown nonprofit operates first literacy bank

Read Columbus Dispatch Article Céilí Doyle The Columbus Dispatch NEWARK — Joyce Roberts stood at the entrance of the Food Pantry Network of Licking County, one hand cocked on her hip, the other clutching an armful of magazines as she continued perusing the newsstand, waiting for a glossy title to catch her eye.

Literacy volunteers mark MLK Day with a weekend of service to reach thousands of readers, worldwide

Literacy is a light to brighten the lives of those in humanity’s dark corners. This weekend, an army of volunteers descended on the Ohio Literacy Bank and other places, to upcycle thousands of donated magazines to at risk readers reached via food banks, pantries, and schools in Ohio, a women’s homeless shelter in New YorkContinue reading “Literacy volunteers mark MLK Day with a weekend of service to reach thousands of readers, worldwide”

This remarkable literacy brigade is thriving at Ohio State University during the pandemic.

Reading our stories at MagLiteracy.org, you will see that young people wanting to make lasting change for good are the wind in our literacy sails. Our first magazine recycling project was organized by a classroom of kindergarten students in San Francisco for children at a nearby homeless shelter. This story is how Ohio State UniversityContinue reading “This remarkable literacy brigade is thriving at Ohio State University during the pandemic.”

Quad Donates $25,000 to MagLiteracy.org to Kickstart Creation of National Literacy Marketplace

Donation Supports Efforts to Combat Poverty Amid Rising Challenges From the COVID-19 Pandemic and Persistent Social Issues September 10, 2020 SUSSEX, Wis. & COLUMBUS, Ohio — In celebration of International Literacy Day and the 16th anniversary of the founding of MagLiteracy.org this week, Quad announced today that it has donated $25,000 to MagLiteracy.org to kickstartContinue reading “Quad Donates $25,000 to MagLiteracy.org to Kickstart Creation of National Literacy Marketplace”

BoSacks – Pandemic Publishing Roundtable

Pandemic Publishing Roundtable: An Industry-Wide Celebration By Linda Ruth on August 22, 2020 – reprinted John Mennell is throwing a party, and we are all invited. In fact, John says, he wants every industry stakeholder—every printer, shipper, distributor, retailer and publisher—to join him in celebrating literacy. John joined the Publishing Pandemic Roundtable–Joe Berger, Samir Husni,Continue reading “BoSacks – Pandemic Publishing Roundtable”

Thank you Atrium Corporation for elevating our literacy mission

Many thanks to the wonderful people who own and operate the Atrium Corporation warehouse in Johnstown Ohio. Their support has enabled us to launch our popup Ohio Literacy Bank. When we received word of a supply of over 100,000 children’s magazines, Atrium stepped up to receive the pallets and allow our volunteers, including their ownContinue reading “Thank you Atrium Corporation for elevating our literacy mission”

A gifted magazine sparks a memory of an early MagLiteracy.org mentor – Austin Kiplinger

By John Mennell I opened a bin of magazines donated to our literacy project to find these two very special publications – Kiplinger Personal Finance and Highlights for Children High Five.

Bosacks Speaks Out

Bosacks Speaks Out: Quad Graphics, Magazine Literacy and Meaningful Industrial Kindness April 20, 2020 – reprinted Special people and special companies deserve a shout out of thanks and gratitude from time to time. In this case, I want to bring to your attention the tireless work of John Mennell of MagazineLiteracy.org and Joel Quadracci ofContinue reading “Bosacks Speaks Out”

Moving magazines and comics down the last mile into the hands, homes, and hearts of eager readers for literacy

At one end of a twenty mile span of the 101 just north of Hollywood, there is a reader with a cherished collection of over 4,000 Marvel comic books who wants to share them – gift them – to new readers for literacy. He is a literacy superhero. At the other end is a teacherContinue reading “Moving magazines and comics down the last mile into the hands, homes, and hearts of eager readers for literacy”

Marines bring the literacy fight against poverty

To the Marines and other service members and veterans who recycle their favorite magazines to MagLiteracy.org, thank you for your service. Magazine enthusiasts gift their favorite titles, like these Marine Corp Gazette, Leatherneck, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and Marine Corp University Journals, to MagLiteracy.org for delivery to eager at-risk readers via our literacy newsstands inContinue reading “Marines bring the literacy fight against poverty”

Moving mountains of magazines into the hands and homes of eager at-risk readers

The National Wildlife Federation, the very first publisher to back our global literacy moonshot 25 years ago, has just gifted MagLiteracy.org enough Zoobie magazines to reach 18,000+ parents to read with their infants and children.

Many hands make light work filling this literacy pipeline to eager readers

As we might have learned from Gus in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and found in Wikipedia,”haptic” is from the Greek word haptόs for “palpable”. The sense of touch enhances our ability to learn. Studies show that human information retention and learning improve when print reading materials are held and pages are turned. So, theContinue reading “Many hands make light work filling this literacy pipeline to eager readers”