How It Works

Consumers, publishers, and retail newsstands recycle good quality magazines and comics, or donate funds to sponsor new magazines or comics for delivery to at-risk readers via community literacy programs. We work closely with food pantries, homeless, domestic abuse, and trafficking shelters, youth mentoring and job training programs, teachers, prison rehabilitation, and veterans, behavioral health, and other local literacy programs.

Our reading materials are available at no cost for distribution to registered literacy programs serving at-risk readers. We do not distribute directly to individuals. Our inventory varies across a mix of good quality magazines and comics that are either new, unread, or gently read and recycled to our program.

We offer a wide range of titles and are always working to improve our supplies for all reading interests and ages. Many consumer titles work well for teens. Children’s magazines are always in high need and short supply, but we work closely with children’s magazine publishers, and strive to find as many copies as we can.

We work closely with literacy programs to understand the types and quantities of reading materials needed to match their literacy goals. The specific magazines that are available for distribution at the time orders are placed may not match the sample product images or titles displayed, but we do our best to meet literacy program needs.

Reading materials are sorted and assembled for literacy programs by volunteers at our locations. They may be available locally for pick-up or delivery, where local teams are able to do that, or may be shipped at no cost to literacy programs, as our available funds allow.