Beautiful Maggie the Literacy Bee is born today!

MAGnificent Maggie the Literacy Bee joins Max to promote our magazine recycling to new readers. Maggie and Max were created by a most talented children’s illustrator, Aja Mulford. We are looking forward to buzzing around with them to tell our stories and to inspire people and businesses to recycle magazines to moms, kids, and familiesContinue reading “Beautiful Maggie the Literacy Bee is born today!”

Max hams it up for MagazineLiteracy.org

Just hours old, Max the Literacy Bee is already buzzing around town to encourage people everywhere to recycle their magazines to new readers.  This is another great illustration by the incredibly talented Aja Mulford.  We are so appreciative of her beautiful work.

Introducing Max the Literacy Bee!

We are so thankful for the wonderful illustration work done by the very talented Aja Mulford to bring Max to life to represent and promote our magazine recycling to new readers.

Aligning the planets for Magazine Literacy on (EARTH) Day

We are aligning the planets for our (EARTH) Day magazine recycling juggernaut – sharing magazines with new readers. (MERCURY) – get the word out to friends (VENUS) – share your love of magazines (MARS) – marshal troops and treasure (JUPITER) – go big! Join us!

Organize a food and magazine drive to get food and reading materials into homes to feed hungry minds and bodies.

We have had very good success finding new readers for the magazines we love to share at shelters and food pantries. Also, there are programs that support homeless teens in every school district, so that’s another great place to start.  It’s important for programs to know that you will be taking care to bring goodContinue reading “Organize a food and magazine drive to get food and reading materials into homes to feed hungry minds and bodies.”

MagHarvest – Organize a supermarket food and magazine drive

This article explains how to organize a combined food and magazine drive for your local food pantry to feed hungry bodies and minds. This is especially important as summer approaches, when the need for food and learning increases, because children are out of school, and pantry shelves go empty.

Rowan University "Spring Cleaning" recycles magazines to new readers for Earth Week

Help us to promote and grow this wonderful seed planted by Ad Dynamics – the student run ad agency at Rowan University in NJ… during an Earth Week “spring cleaning” event, students recycled over 100 magazines to new readers via Volunteers of America. The Ad Dynamics team also documented how to organize a Spring CleaningContinue reading “Rowan University "Spring Cleaning" recycles magazines to new readers for Earth Week”

Hundreds of magazines recycled to new readers in Arizona shelter

Kudos to Arizona State University student Susie Satta who collected, sorted, and delivered hundreds of great magazines to new readers at a nearby shelter.  It’s wonderful to share favorite magazines with others who greatly appreciate them and enjoy them.  Congratulations Susie – your passion is an inspiration! Also, a big thank you to Nicole SivilliContinue reading “Hundreds of magazines recycled to new readers in Arizona shelter”

Cornell team harvests three bins of magazines for new readers

Helene Beauchemin at Cornell University reports that their Magazine Harvest has yielded three bins of magazines for recycling to new readers in shelters and literacy programs. Next, the magazines will be sorted and packaged up for delivery.  In addition to this project, Helene has helped to found and manage our Magazine Literacy Ambassador program andContinue reading “Cornell team harvests three bins of magazines for new readers”

Continuous improvement toward a sustainable magazine literacy supply chain

The idea of recycling magazines to new readers is simple with few steps.   Sharing our magazines with others, especially  children and families who have little else in homeless and domestic violence shelters, and in bags of groceries from food pantries,  resonates well with consumers and puts reading materials into the homes and hands ofContinue reading “Continuous improvement toward a sustainable magazine literacy supply chain”

Bags of Mags – launch a Magazine Harvest in your office or school

It’s the harvest season.  Your clean, gently read, recycled magazines can feed children and families hungry to read year-round – delivered to neighbors in homeless and domestic violence shelters and to families in bags of groceries from food pantries.  It’s so easy to organize a magazine collection in your office or school.  We know peopleContinue reading “Bags of Mags – launch a Magazine Harvest in your office or school”

If you love Whole Foods, Magazines, and Literacy – we need you

Magazine Harvest gets clean, gently read magazines to children, moms, and teens in homeless and domestic violence shelters and via grocery bags from food pantries. We are on a mission to set up a magazine collection bin in every Whole Foods store and need your help. Volunteer as a Magazine Literacy Ambassador to create orContinue reading “If you love Whole Foods, Magazines, and Literacy – we need you”

Tell us your stories: Kibble and People mag feed a homeless kitten and neighbor

When I pulled into the grocery store parking lot today, I drove by a homeless women sitting on the curb – a too common sight.  She had some donated bags of groceries at her side, so there was some hopefulness in that. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a kitten and whenContinue reading “Tell us your stories: Kibble and People mag feed a homeless kitten and neighbor”

Interview with Katie Simmons – Boston Distribution Center

Sharing our success stories is an important way to help spread awareness about the MagazineLiteracy.org cause. Many individuals throughout the United States have rallied their communities to donate magazines and spread  literacy to those in need. The interview below with Katie Simmons shines a light on one of our most ardent literacy champions.

Elegant ways to recycle magazines to new readers

Is it possible that just reading the book In Pursuit of Elegance would fill our literacy tool chest with elegant solutions? Perhaps just having finished the Power of Intention audio book helped to move things along.In the last two days I have encountered two beautifully elegant magazine recycling ideas that help to resolve some stickyContinue reading “Elegant ways to recycle magazines to new readers”

Tonight, Ranger Rick keeps a boy who loves frogs company in a domestic violence shelter

Boston volunteer Katie Simmons – in her words – why we do what we doAs we get ready to celebrate our 10th birthday – we want to tell the world about a very special person who has been the soul of our project for all these years. For years, Katie Simmons delivered thousands of magazinesContinue reading “Tonight, Ranger Rick keeps a boy who loves frogs company in a domestic violence shelter”

Children's Magazine Month and San Francisco Kindergartners are Catalyst for First-ever Worldwide Campaign to Recycle Magazines to New Readers by Earth Day

Education, literacy, and magazine leaders are marking the sixth anniversary of Children’s Magazine Month this October by mobilizing teachers, librarians, and school children, worldwide, to organize KinderHarvest magazine recycling projects to collect magazines for new readers. The magazines recycled by school children in their classrooms and school libraries will be given to other children andContinue reading “Children's Magazine Month and San Francisco Kindergartners are Catalyst for First-ever Worldwide Campaign to Recycle Magazines to New Readers by Earth Day”

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

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 CratingContinue reading “Coffee lovers give the gift of summer magazine reading to neighbors”

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

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 actionContinue reading “Kindergarten KinderHarvest Coast to Coast”

The Three R's of Literacy – Read, Recycle, & Reuse

Near Earth Day, 2006, MagazineLiteracy.org launched KinderHarvest, an effort that combines the three R’s of education – reading, writing, and arithmetic – with the three R’s of recycling – reduce, reuse, and recycle – to form the three R’s of literacy: Read, Recycle, & Reuse. Read – We love to read magazines! Magazines are informative,Continue reading “The Three R's of Literacy – Read, Recycle, & Reuse”