HOW TO HELP
There are so many ways you can make a difference!
Help CLN to make an impact in our community, please take a look at all the options below:
- Donate Funds. Individual contributions are the backbone of financial support for our programs. Please help by clicking the DONATE button on this website today!
- Donate Books. We are always grateful for any donation of new books. Please check out our wishlist today.
- Book Drive. Any volunteer group interested in collecting new books for Children’s Literacy Network can hold a book drive. We welcome corporate challenges, birthday parties, and school book drives. Be creative!
- Volunteer. SICT, FLIP, and CLNReads all need volunteers to support and facilitate these amazing programs. Please contact us directly at elizabeth@childrensliteracynetwork to find out how you can truly make a difference in our community!
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.