• Doris Leiber – March 2014 Volunteer of The Month -- Doris Leiber is named March Volunteer of the Month.   Read More...
  • Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance --

    Sept. 26, 2013 "The Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance. Read More...

  • Bryn Mawr Book Donation! -- Staff and administrators at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital on Malvern PA collected and donated 787 children's books. The books will go to families with children under the age of 5 where there are no books in the home and to US troops serving at Camp Phoenix in Kabul where they give books to village elders as "peace offerings". photo-web photo2-web
  • 2013-06-17-Namibia-Schlip-Primary-School
    Judith’s Reading Room Opens Libraries in Japan & Namibia -- Read More...
  • ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation Awards Grant to Judith’s Reading Room -- We have just been informed that Judith’s Reading Room is one of 7 nationwide winners in this year’s ALA’s grant Read More...
  • Author Jerry Spinelli Chats with Judith’s Reading Room and Teens from Children’s Home of Easton -- On May 5, 2013, members of the Judith’s Reading Room Board of Directors hosted teens from the Children’s Home of Easton on a trip to Malvern, Pa. to meet Newberry-winning author Jerry Spinelli Read More...
  • Libraries dedicated in Cambodia for “Scavenger Children” -- On Sunday, April 14, Robert Lucas returned to his ancestral home in Cambodia with two boxes full of children’s books, the latest donations from Judith’s Reading Room. Read More...
  • Celebrate Literacy Award Dinner at Cedar Crest College May 1, 2013
    Cathy Leiber is Recipient of CARE’s 2013 Celebrate Literacy Award -- Cathy Leiber, who was named award recipient "for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy" accepted the 2013 Celebrate Literacy Award on behalf of Judith's Reading Room. Read More...
  • News from Nigeria - display of books
    News out of Nigeria – New shipment of children’s books to Yola By-Pass -- Photos and a letter from Karon K. Harden, Academic Liaison for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the American University of Nigera, Yola By-Pass Read More...
  • Erin D'Amelio, Judith's Reading Room Intern, Named Fulbright Scholar
    Judith’s Reading Room Intern, Erin D’Amilio named Fulbright Scholar! -- Our 2012-2013 intern, Erin D’Amelio, a senior at Lafayette College, learned today that she has been named Fulbright Scholar. Erin will travel to Malaysia Read More...


… 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)

George H. W. Bush CarrierChildren’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 in 2012 and 2013.

The first library, for the Sailors, 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 aircraft carrier, home to 4,500 Sailors.

Children's Library on board USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)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 provides Sailors more opportunities to stay connected with their children while serving overseas for long periods of time. 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).

Oct 1, 2013

Hi Cathy,

What you and your team do is such a wonderful gesture and the crew
of the George H. W. Bush is very grateful. We will be starting up a new
campaign with the UTR (united through reading) this month this will
generate lots of use of the books…

We are very excited about getting more books this increases the
variety of books available to the crew, also be apart of family life
even when we’re deployed. Thank you very much for what you’ve done for
our crew it really makes a difference. You can count on me to support
Judith’s Reading Room it’s plays a huge role in the everyday life of
crew and the Dorothy Bush Koch library…

V/R
RP1(SW/AW) Celeste A. Shield


LVCF-vert-GRN-web200Judith’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.

Since its inception in February 2013, the Birth-2-Five Program has reached over 5,000 children in the Lehigh Valley. Over 5,000 Parent’s Pledges, a vow to read aloud for twenty minutes daily, have been collected and 8,138 books have been distributed to children at the WIC offices.

For more information on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, please visit them at www.lvcfoundation.org.


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