… spreads the word of freedom through literacy by delivering custom libraries free of cost with the goal to enrich lives through the simple act of reading.
Judith’s Reading Room has adopted as its core value the African philosophy of Ubuntu. This concept reveals a world in which compassion guides all actions, a thread that connects human beings to one another through willing participation and openness. We incorporate Ubuntu into everything we do, from our eagerness to reach out and work with organizations to caring about and giving back to the community that supports us with equal passion. When it comes down to it, when we empower others, we empower ourselves.
We have always believed in the transformative power of literature. It’s a philosophy that informs our three major literacy pillars: Birth-2-Five Program, Bi-Coastal Literacy Project, and customized English language children’s books to international schools
Libraries on the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77)
Children’s library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)
Over the last three years Judith’s Reading Room has donated two libraries aboard the USS GEORGE H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier. This has been an ongoing effort and a primary focus of Judith’s Reading Room’s Holiday Book Drives from 2011-2013.
The first library, for the soldiers, was established in March of 2011. Since then, shipments are made monthly, in honor of Charles A. Horne, Jr., a WWII naval hero and uncle of the Co-Founders to this newest aircraft carrier, home to 4,500 Sailors. In June 2013 we added the USS EISENHOWER to our monthly distribution.
In July of 2012 the co-founders were extended a tour around the carrier which included the library the book Judith’s Reading Room sends. It was then that they came to understand that Sailors are invited to read children’s books on tape and then tapes are sent to the families.
The donation in December 2012 of a children’s library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) aircraft carrier was announced. This second library Judith’s Reading Room has donated to the presidential carrier included 436 children’s books valued at $4,927 will give the 4,500 Sailors more opportunities to stay connected with their children while serving overseas for long periods of time.
The children’s library has evolved with technology and now the Sailors read to their children when the Skype home! In 2013, George H. W. Bush started up a new campaign with United Through Reading (UTR).
Judith’s Reading Room is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $5000 grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. This grant specifically supports Judith’s Reading Room’s Birth-2-Five Program. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation promotes philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in the region. The check will be presented by Lehigh Valley Community Foundation at Judith’s Reading Room’s Annual Board meeting.
The Birth-2-Five Program provides literacy outreach to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs in the Lehigh Valley, PA. The partnership with WIC reaches children from birth to 5 years of age who
- come from families of inter-generational poverty,
- are not registered in traditional learning programs, and
- do not have ready access to books,
which causes them to start school not ready to learn.
To address these educational gaps, we build each child’s first home library and supply bi-lingual read-aloud educational materials that proactively engage parents.
For more information on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, please visit them at www.lvcfoundation.org.
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