Crowdsourcing magazine literacy

We are exploring ways to crowdsource components of our literacy work to broaden and deepen our community impact. We are building a simple, global, assembly line process for the collection, sorting, and delivery of new and gently read magazines to new readers – children and moms in homeless and domestic violence shelters, foster care, mentoring,Continue reading “Crowdsourcing magazine literacy”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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 hisContinue reading “Dream things that never were and say why not”

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.

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”

The mightiest shade trees and biggest smiles come from "small" seeds of kindness

I was recently having coffee with a wonderful woman who reached out to invest her time to help grow MagazineLiteracy.org. Every year, she organizes a music recital with the proceeds supporting a charitable cause in her community. She said that the next recital would, in a “small” way support literacy needs in her community byContinue reading “The mightiest shade trees and biggest smiles come from "small" seeds of kindness”