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Parents at local Head Start programs earn free books for the whole family by reading aloud with their children ten times each month.

Parents at local Head Start programs earn free books for the whole family by reading aloud with their children ten times each month.

Parents at local Head Start programs earn free books for the whole family by reading aloud with their children ten times each month.

This program takes place at three correctional facilities in Washtenaw County. Volunteers work one-on-one with incarcerated parents to read a book aloud and make a voice recording.

This program takes place at three correctional facilities in Washtenaw County. Volunteers work one-on-one with incarcerated parents to read a book aloud and make a voice recording.

This program takes place at three correctional facilities in Washtenaw County. Volunteers work one-on-one with incarcerated parents to read a book aloud and make a voice recording.

CLNReads provides students in high focus low-resource schools to choose up to 8 high-quality books to take home, read and engage with throughout the summer months. In 2018, CLN piloted an interactive reading website, clnreads.com to actively keep students in grades 1-5 engaged with reading all summer long!

CLNReads provides students in high focus low-resource schools to choose up to 8 high-quality books to take home, read and engage with throughout the summer months. In 2018, CLN piloted an interactive reading website, clnreads.com to actively keep students in grades 1-5 engaged with reading all summer long!

CLNReads provides students in high focus low-resource schools to choose up to 8 high-quality books to take home, read and engage with throughout the summer months. In 2018, CLN piloted an interactive reading website, clnreads.com to actively keep students in grades 1-5 engaged with reading all summer long!

In a partnership with the Junior League of Ann Arbor, FLIP events are curriculum-based fun nights that take place at local elementary schools and Head Start preschools where students and parents move through stations and work together on fun literacy-based activities.

In a partnership with the Junior League of Ann Arbor, FLIP events are curriculum-based fun nights that take place at local elementary schools and Head Start preschools where students and parents move through stations and work together on fun literacy-based activities.

In a partnership with the Junior League of Ann Arbor, FLIP events are curriculum-based fun nights that take place at local elementary schools and Head Start preschools where students and parents move through stations and work together on fun literacy-based activities.

Built on the well-known concept of “pen pals,” the BookPALS program targets reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Second graders will be paired with peers from nearby communities who have compatible reading levels and interests. Each month a “BookPAL” picks a book, records themselves reading on a tablet, and answers questions about themselves. The books and tablets are delivered to the paired school and the whole process is repeated. Over the year, the pals’ friendships and home libraries grow, along with their love of reading. At the end of the year, the BookPALS from all schools take a field trip and gather together for a celebration day where everyone meets in person, participates in a final book reading/exchange, and enjoys fun activities together.

Built on the well-known concept of “pen pals,” the BookPALS program targets reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Second graders will be paired with peers from nearby communities who have compatible reading levels and interests. Each month a “BookPAL” picks a book, records themselves reading on a tablet, and answers questions about themselves. The books and tablets are delivered to the paired school and the whole process is repeated. Over the year, the pals’ friendships and home libraries grow, along with their love of reading. At the end of the year, the BookPALS from all schools take a field trip and gather together for a celebration day where everyone meets in person, participates in a final book reading/exchange, and enjoys fun activities together.

Built on the well-known concept of “pen pals,” the BookPALS program targets reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Second graders will be paired with peers from nearby communities who have compatible reading levels and interests.

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Children's Literacy NetworkCLN IS CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF
GROWING READERS FOR LIFE!

For 30 years CLN has provided literacy programs to 300,000
low-income children, distributing more than a million
dollars in new high-quality books and creating home
libraries for families who need them most.

Please Join CLN in celebrating this tremendous milestone!

In honor of our 30 th Anniversary, we are throwing a party all year long!

We have 3 CookPALS for BookPALS virtual events planned!
A 30-day for $”30”,000 campaign set to launch in June!
A special tribute and thank-you event for our volunteers and donors, “Turning The Page On 30 Years” planned for July!
Most important of all, “A Night For The Books”-Our main fundraiser event in September.
Please check back for exact dates.

If you or your corporation would like to sponsor this anniversary year, or a specific event please click the donate button here, or contact Betsy Durant directly at: elizabeth@childrensliteracynetwork.org

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Mitchell Elementary School
Estabrook Elementary School
Erickson Elementary School
Holmes Elementary School
Pittsfield Elementary School
Success by Six
United Way of Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Literacy
Ballin’ in the Boulevard
Head Start
Junior League of Ann Arbor
Kerrytown Book Fest
Women, Infants, Children (WIC)
0 in 10
children in Michigan currently have a parent in prison.
>0%
of those in prison are unable to read above a 4th grade level.
0
books selected by a child and read over the summer is as effective as summer school in raising the student's reading score.
>0%
of the reading achievement gap accumulates during summer months, traced to a lack of access to books.

What We Do Matters.

Thoughts from the parents, teachers, volunteers, and kids we work with...

A fifth grader whom I taught when she was a struggling third grader, told me she was "addicted" to the books from a particular series she'd received as part of CLN's summer reading program. She begged me to order the rest from the public library for her. This is a girl who used to hate to read! She's among those who improved their reading scores over the summer. Tremendous.

Several months after recording a mother, she stopped by to thank us, again, and to tell us her son had brought his recording and book to school. She's been in prison since he was a baby so his friends haven't met her, nor have any of his teachers. “This is my mom,” he told his teacher, holding up the CD, along with his book. “This is my mom.” The book, the actual, physical object, acquired significant emotional and symbolic weight, a presence, a proxy, for an unimaginable absence. “Well,” this first-grade teacher said, “let’s meet your mom.” She played the CD for the class, twice.

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