Changing the world – one magazine at a time – A boy learns to read in a Boston homeless shelter

This letter that I received from the staff at the Boston Family Shelter demonstrates the value of the Magazine Harvest magazine recycling program. I am continuing my work to collect and deliver magazines to this program, as well as to a nearby Boys and Girls club and also to a program that has been helping [...]

Whole Foods KinderHarvest launch is readied for International Literacy Day

To celebrate International Literacy Day, an event that occurs on September 8th each year, and the start of the new school year, the Whole Foods Markets in Princeton New Jersey and Brighton, near Boston Massachusetts, will join with MagazineLiteracy.org to kick-off the KinderHarvest magazine recycling drive for literacy. These Whole Foods Market locations are the [...]

If you love your magazines, set them free… trendsetting consumers share their magazine collections with less fortunate neighbors

One of the great joys of being involved with a project like MagazineLiteracy.org, because it is an ongoing, national, magazine industry-wide literacy campaign for children and families, is that it puts you on the leading edge of new phenomena. You can energize and drive fresh consumer behavior and trends. It's both an opportunity and responsibility. [...]

Literacy is a matter of life and death

This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Northwestern University. Low Literacy Equals Early Death Sentence CHICAGO --- Not being able to read doesn't just make it harder to navigate each day. Low literacy impairs people's ability to obtain critical information about their health and can dramatically shorten their lives. A new [...]

Coffee lovers give the gift of summer magazine reading to neighbors

I stopped in for a cup of coffee at Starbucks today and already found wonderful magazine donations piling up in our wooden KinderHarvest bin, including Bicycle and Entertainment Weekly. Keep them coming and be in touch to set up KinderHarvest in your business, school, or town. The attractive wooden crates supplied by the Tri-State Crating [...]

Starbucks coffee shops sow first-ever KinderHarvest magazine recycling collection from consumers to meet grassroots literacy needs

Combining their well-known passion for environmental and literacy causes, Princeton area Starbucks are among the first consumer shops in the nation to rollout the KinderHarvest magazine recycling drive for children and families learning to read. KinderHarvest breathes a new life into magazines that would otherwise be discarded and destroyed by collecting recent, gently used copies [...]

Kindergarten KinderHarvest Coast to Coast

We now have two kindergarten teachers, Ron in San Francisco and Katie in Boston, organizing KinderHarvest efforts with or for their students, giving us coast to coast activity and representing the awesome power of single individuals who take it upon themselves to make a difference. The amazing thing as that each teacher jumped into action [...]

Dream things that never were and say why not

I was recently asked if the Magazine Publishers Family Literacy Project was a person, who would it be? I choose Robert Kennedy whose inspiration is a driving force for generations to come. It is a humanitarian choice about what he symbolizes as a person, not a partisan or politician, as so eloquently voiced by his [...]

Podcasts, Flickr, and MySpace, oh my! Web 2.0 turns the table – delivering magazines to children and families hungry to read and succeed

With words worth a thousand pictures, we've hit on a powerful means to connect our literacy champions to the vast web of need and possibilities in every community across the U.S. by setting up their own Magazine Literacy Bee blog space on our MagazineLiteracy.org web site. Magazine Literacy Bees are volunteers and groups of volunteers [...]