Tom Kertscher··5 min read
When the Washington Post published an article headlined “Books of the Ages — The best books to read at every...
Pop Up Neighbor events, community, collaboration, mobilization
K.C. Compton··9 min read
Even without advance promotion, when word got out that the SuperMatt Laundromat in Sarasota, Florida, was offering free laundry all day, neighborhood residents formed a steady stream of customers. Not only was laundry-and-all-the-fixings free—a boon to low-income families who can ill afford the $35 to $50 a week they spend trying to keep their kids in clean clothes—the food bank was there with abundant food to restock their pantries. Best of all, there were books—lots of books—and plenty of volunteers to read to children while the adults did as many loads of laundry as needed. When the children left, books went home with them.
Over Cocktails, Restaurateurs Hatch a Plan for Literacy
K.C. Compton··4 min read
Three years ago, Amanda and John Horne, owners of Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Bradenton, Florida, heard that 51 percent of children in their local Manatee County school system couldn’t read at grade level by third grade. They were appalled. “This was horrific,” Amanda says. “We had no idea that this was an issue.” Over cocktails one night, Amanda and John wondered what they could do. Their clientele is largely composed of older “grandparent-type” people. They have four restaurants and a mailing list of more than 24,000 customers. What if they could pair children up with a grandparent figure or somebody who cares about them, read with them and maybe instill them with a love of reading?
K.C. Compton··8 min read
Most of us have heard of the “summer slide” in which children lose some of the lessons they’ve learned during...
How a Pediatrician Confronted a Public Health Crisis and Rocked a Nation
K.C. Compton··7 min read
Hanna-Attisha’s riveting first-person account of the public health catastrophe that has become known as the Flint water crisis not only lays out the facts of how a government poisoned its own people; it lays open the heart of a doctor who swore an oath to protect the health and lives of the children affected.
Mark Swartz··4 min read
In the past few decades, public libraries have undergone a quiet transformation from sleepy repositories of books to full-fledged community...
K.C. Compton··6 min read
Praise is a funny thing. Words of acknowledgment can be the water and sunshine that help children grow into sturdy,...