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”

Cricket Media and Quad deliver 200,000+ literacy smiles

Fueled by a generous donation of over 200,000 high quality children’s magazines from Cricket Media, and expert logistics transport, warehousing, and delivery to literacy programs by the Quad company, our planets have aligned to launch our literacy mission to new heights.

Adopting literacy needs, one newsstand at a time.

There is no i in WE. Underscoring the power of one person to mobilize colleagues and more to help others for good, Claudia in operations at the WE PR firm in #Austin braved SXSW to deliver magazines to this MagLiteracy newsstand for homeless street youth and young adults. Our first batch of 100 newsstands areContinue reading “Adopting literacy needs, one newsstand at a time.”

Grassroots literacy teams sow the seeds of freedom, prosperity, and civility to end poverty for good, one reader, one village at a time

By Amelia Robinson “Personally, as a first generation student, education is something I’m very passionate about, and what got me interested in volunteering at MagazineLiteracy.org. The work being done to promote literacy in the greater Madison area is critical in the hopes of ending poverty, and I’m very fortunate to be part of it.”  —Continue reading “Grassroots literacy teams sow the seeds of freedom, prosperity, and civility to end poverty for good, one reader, one village at a time”

University of Wisconsin student leader Cassidy Slinger lights the way for Madison literacy

By Amelia Robinson For Cassidy, the most important part of working with MagazineLiteracy.org has been finding new purpose for all different kinds of magazines and comics, some of which are aimed at highly specific audiences.

MagLiteracy.org first principles

Our literacy mission according to first principles: The enormous value of literacy is well understood. With titles for every reading age, interest, and language, the unique benefits of printed magazines and comics for reading engagement and comprehension are well established. The literacy needs for tens of millions of U.S. and hundreds of millions of globalContinue reading “MagLiteracy.org first principles”

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