America is facing a children’s reading crisis

Call to action: There is a children’s reading crisis in the USA that started before the pandemic and has been worsened by it. Most children in poverty have zero booksContinue reading “America is facing a children’s reading crisis”

We need a new three-legged stool to reach our literacy promise

Approaching our birthday at MagLiteracy.org on September 8th – the United Nation’s International Literacy Day – we are taking stock of our accomplishments and way forward. Thanks to generous supportContinue reading “We need a new three-legged stool to reach our literacy promise”

The nose knows

When meeting someone new, you look for common threads to begin a relationship. Preparing for a call with fragrance expert Shahzad HAIDER, I searched for that common ground. We knowContinue reading “The nose knows”

Recycling for a Cause

A rush of cooling air or heat greets Kaitlyn as she walks through the Westerwood Community automatic doors to pick up the stacks of magazines that the residents have left with Kristin, the Lifestyle Director. ThisContinue reading “Recycling for a Cause”

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,Continue reading “Muskingum County Literacy Council expands our reach down the last mile”

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 droppedContinue 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 otherContinue 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 adultContinue 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.Continue 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, professionalContinue 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?Continue 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 toContinue 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 copiesContinue 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 herContinue reading “‘Feeding their minds’: Johnstown nonprofit operates first literacy bank”

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, toContinue 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 projectContinue 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 InternationalContinue 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,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. WhenContinue 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 HighContinue reading “A gifted magazine sparks a memory of an early MagLiteracy.org mentor – Austin Kiplinger”

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 fromContinue reading “Bosacks Speaks Out”