Inventing a literacy pipeline into the hands, homes, and hearts of eager readers

Like the light of the sun, it beautifies all things on which it shines, and is no less welcome in the palace than in the humblest home. — Lewis Latimer

Horsing around for literacy

Thank you Mary in Connecticut for sharing your favorite magazines with our new eager readers at MagLiteracy.org. We love opening gifts boxes like this, which underscore why magazines and comics, with titles for every reading age, interest, and language, are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet.

How you can help literacy end poverty and more in your town

A frequent question is how to get involved with MagLiteracy.org. There are literacy needs in every town – in your community – that you can help to meet. Foster children and moms and kids in domestic abuse shelters, comforting families during natural disasters and rebuilding after, reaching reader’s via food pantries, homeless students, children inContinue reading “How you can help literacy end poverty and more in your town”

Lean literacy

We’ve reached the point where about half the inquiries to our literacy project come from desktop computers and a full half or more come directly from mobile devices. Thanks to the amazing support and hard work of so many individuals and businesses, coast to coast, and around the world, we have learned so many lessonsContinue reading “Lean literacy”

Literacy that grows on trees – how to plant a magazine literacy tree anywhere on earth to feed hungry readers

In Kolkata India, an IT company and a job training program have teamed to plant a magazine literacy tree to feed hungry readers. This is the first in a series of articles to trace their journey together, so you can learn how to mobilize a literacy partnership where you live and work. 

Miss Texas hopeful has already won against illiteracy and poverty

Being a border state, Texans face illiteracy not only because of poverty, but also because of a language barrier in some cases. I really try to encourage donations of magazines in Spanish, because people who are strong readers in their native language have an easier time picking up a secondary language.With titles for every readingContinue reading “Miss Texas hopeful has already won against illiteracy and poverty”

Grabbing #literacy by the longhorns in Austin TX

Street Youth Ministry founder Terry Cole with John who told me he loves to read whatever he can.The University of Texas motto is Disciplina praesidium civitatis. A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.

Changing the world, one magazine, one reader at a time

We’ve established that magazines are enormously powerful for literacy, because there are titles for every reading age, interest, and language. This table shows where English, Spanish, and French language is spoken by territory, indicating a long list of places around the world where, with literacy need identified, and an invitation, we can have an impact.Continue reading “Changing the world, one magazine, one reader at a time”

November surprise – how magazines upcycled from Seattle, Denver, Puerto Rico, and California bring literacy to Trenton NJ readers

By John MennellI believe things happen for reason. So, when I was driving to our New Jersey literacy warehouse, and missed my exit, ending up on Route 206 through the heart of Trenton, I abandoned the GPS and went with it.

Magazines and comics bring comfort and hope after the storm

We serve academically at-risk, low income families who cannot afford books and reading materials and do not have access to the internet. We strive to get families reading together. We would appreciate any magazines for Pre-K or K level and also, magazines for adult readers.   — Pennsylvania educator As we gear up our industry-wide effortContinue reading “Magazines and comics bring comfort and hope after the storm”

Hurricane Matthew

Our hearts and hands are with the millions of Caribbean and American children and families facing unspeakable devastation in the path of Hurricane Matthew. MagazineLiteracy.org will marshal every fiber of our mission to bring comfort. Join us. 

Getting reading materials down the last mile into hands, homes, and hearts

Delivery of magazines to the Bethany House of Hospitality location on Hamilton Ave across from Columbus Park in Trenton NJTrenton NJ is at the heart of our global literacy promise. Our mission to share favorite magazines sent to us by consumers and publishers relies on spirited community efforts to reach across the last mile andContinue reading “Getting reading materials down the last mile into hands, homes, and hearts”

Palm Beach high school student iMAGines literacy at local shelters and makes it so

High school student Rujul Bharadwaj in Palm Beach, Florida is a young man on a literacy mission – a citizen of the world who iMAGines the way things can be and makes them so. Vinod Khosla, a trailblazing founder of Silicon Valley’s Sun Microsystems, says he lives by the philosophy, “Whatever I believe, I should make happen.”

Upcycling magazines and comics to at-risk readers for INDEPENDENCE every DAY

In America today, we are celebrating our freedom and self-determination. To survive in our world, each human needs food, water, shelter, and literacy. Reading is where it all begins. Literacy is the catalyst for human dignity, productivity, prosperity, collaboration, civility, and community. Literacy ends poverty. In the U.S. alone, there are over 40 million at-riskContinue reading “Upcycling magazines and comics to at-risk readers for INDEPENDENCE every DAY”

This long walk from Trenton NJ delivers literacy to Jamaican school children

This year, our theme, “Steps to Advance Literacy,” serves two purposes: We’re focusing on Jamaica—a small island where big things happen—and bringing awareness to the distance students in some countries must travel each day just to get to school. — International Literacy Association The International Literacy Association is getting ready to celebrate the United NationsContinue reading “This long walk from Trenton NJ delivers literacy to Jamaican school children”

Literacy roadtrip for summer reading

Today we are celebrating the incredible mastery of children’s illustrator Aja Mulford who created this beautiful poster for our literacy roadtrip campaign.  Our Madison office is prepping magazines for a trip to 1,200 California kids and teens in 18 locations in time for summer reading when academic gains are at greatest risk.  After that, weContinue reading “Literacy roadtrip for summer reading”

TO: Mommy – Twelve million kids don't own a single book in their house

By Rose Ayar12 million children. Twelve million kids don’t own a single book in their house, and that’s only in the United States. When the founder of this program, John Mennell, told me and the other volunteers just how many people don’t have the privilege of books, I felt determined. Determined to change that number ofContinue reading “TO: Mommy – Twelve million kids don't own a single book in their house”

Jacque Howard iMAGines news boxes as libraries for Trenton and makes it so

Trenton New Jersey is a place where ideas and events that change the world spring to life – often snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. The America of today was born on a cold winter day in Trenton against all odds by the unflinching will of George Washington. Terracycle, an early friend of MagazineLiteracy.org,Continue reading “Jacque Howard iMAGines news boxes as libraries for Trenton and makes it so”

Magazines for youth mentoring form bonds that last a lifetime

Scholastic and College Mentors for Kids partner to launch young dreams.  Illiteracy means you cannot read to your child, or read instructions from your doctor, or a job application, or web page. Adults unable to read where once children who didn’t learn how. Children unable to read are quickly lost in school, unable to doContinue reading “Magazines for youth mentoring form bonds that last a lifetime”

Tennessee road trip yields magazines for kids and teens – and a new friend

By John Mennell On the way back home from the Nashville Country Living Fair, I traveled near enough to a magazine recycler to make a personal pick-up. At its core, our global literacy project is about making connections between people who love to read their favorite magazines and then share them with new readers. ThisContinue reading “Tennessee road trip yields magazines for kids and teens – and a new friend”

Celebrating Children's Illustrator Aja Mulford

We are celebrating Aja Mulford – a fabulously talented children’s illustrator who is helping to bring MagazineLiteracy.org to life. Aja’s work is so fresh and colorful. We are very excited about this collaboration and the wonderful possibilities. Stay tuned.

Mr. Magazine Keeps the Flame Launching a Thousand Ships Burning Bright in Every Harbor

A dear friend to so many, and most beloved voice on planet Earth for the magazines we cherish – Samir Husni aka Mr. Magazine – founder of the Ole Miss Magazine Innovation Center – is gearing up for the Act 6 Experience from April 20 – 22. Samir’s passion is to amplify the power of print magazinesContinue reading “Mr. Magazine Keeps the Flame Launching a Thousand Ships Burning Bright in Every Harbor”

Earth Month: Largest literacy market on the planet opens to feed a million at-risk readers by International Literacy Day

Magazine Lovers Seed Largest Free Literacy Market on Earth Media Release and Images Trenton, NJ — Celebrating Earth Month on April 30 and May 1, MagazineLiteracy.org will open the world’s largest free literacy market in Trenton, New Jersey, Columbus, Ohio, and Madison, Wisconsin, stocked with recycled magazines supplied by publishers and consumers to feed aContinue reading “Earth Month: Largest literacy market on the planet opens to feed a million at-risk readers by International Literacy Day”

Caroline strikes literacy gold

Today I collected 200 magazines from people in my community. I have a few Highlights too! The entire bin is filled with magazines in bags. I can barely lift it!                        — Caroline, Olentangy Liberty H.S.When Caroline, a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School outsideContinue reading “Caroline strikes literacy gold”