Monday, December 12, 2011

Read to Succeed Buffalo: Free Book Delivery [Birth -5 in 14215 zip]

A love of reading begins at home. Reading aloud to a young child is a critical building block in their development, enhancing their vocabulary and building the skills. Access to books at home can be a luxury to families who strugge during tough economic times. 

Through a donation from The Rotary Club of Buffalo, 501c(3) charitable trust, Read to Succeed Buffalo and the Literacy Coalition launched a new program, "Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library", to provide a new, age appropriate book every month to every child under the age of five in Buffalo’s 14215 zip code, Buffalo's East Side, the RTSB Literacy Zone. 

Any child from birth through age five who resides in the zip code is eligible to register and participate in the program.

In Syracuse, New York, where the program has been in operation for 18 months, nearly 70 percent of families are reporting that they are reading at least three times per week with their child and 21 percent report that they are reading once or twice per week.

Ed Meyer, Buffalo Rotary Foundation President added, “Sometimes the simplest act can have a profound impact, such as igniting the imagination of a child through a brand new book."  

To register a child, 716-843-8895, visit the website

To register a child, contact Literacy Coalition Members: 
  • 211 WNY
  • AIDS Family Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Barbara's Babies Day Care
  • Bethel Head Start
  • Boy & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
  • BPS #39-MLK School
  • Budding Roses
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network Inc
  • Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Urban League

  • CAO of Erie County Inc
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Cleveland Hill Elementary
  • Colorful World Day Care
  • Community School #53-PTA
  • Cyn's Heavenly Angels Quality Child Care

  • Delavan Grider Community Center
  • Dr. George Blackman School of Excellence #54
  • Early Childhood Direction Center
    Education Opportunity Center
  • EPIC/BVS: Ready, Set, Parent Program
  • Evangelistic Temple Community Church
  • Families in Transition Parenting (EPIC)
  • Gerard Place Transitional
  • God's Ministry of Deliverance Church
  • Grandma's Child Care #1 and #2
  • Growing in Grace Child Care

  • Home Away from Home Child Care
  • Independent Health
  • Just for Teens (EPIC)
  • Kid's Time GFDC
  • King Urban Life Center
  • Martha Mitchell Community Center
  • Masten District Common Council Member Demone Smith
  • Matt Urban Hope Center
  • Miracles Day Care
  • Mt. Olivie Baptist Church
  • My Precious Angels

  • Scott's Garden Child Care
  • Something Special
  • St. John Christian Academy
    The Adult Education
  • The New Testament Revival Cathedral
  • True Bethel Baptist Church
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • WNED

Deborah Porter
Community Outreach
Read to Succeed Buffalo, Inc.
392 Pearl St.
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 843-8895 (OF)
(716) 843-8899 (F)
(716) 308-2582 (C)

Press Contact:

Anne Ryan

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