*** 2021 ***
* Library #101 is out of order due to its postponement during the COVID shutdown.
- October 14, 2021: Judith’s Reading Room announces the dedication of its 102nd library, named the “Diversity and Inclusion Library at South Side Elementary.” At its 2021 Freedom Through Literacy Award celebration, Judith’s Reading Room announced that it had awarded Board Option Prize Winner Derek Witmer from Harrisburg, PA $500 to establish a 2nd library in his honor. The library is managed by Stacey Chyr, a second grade teacher at South Side Elementary School in Harrisburg, PA.
- August 15, 2021: At its 2021 Freedom Through Literacy Award celebration, Judith’s Reading Room announced that it will dedicate its 103rd Library in collaboration with Children in the Wildernesses Board Option Prize winner Sue Goatley. Her prize of $400 will go toward the purchase of teen and adult books at the ”Jabulani Community Literacy Program in Zimbabwe.” Dedication date TBD.
- June 1, 2021: Judith’s Reading Room 100th library opened at Ziga Primary School, in the Tsholotsho region, south of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe on this date, having been postponed from its original date of August 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with Children in the Wilderness, books were purchased locally to serve 150 students. A check in the amount of $500 was wire-transferred on July 20, 2020 to purchase 113 books.
- February 11, 2021: Judith’s Reading Room delivered 121 children’s books with a cover price of $1,542 to Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, PA to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March. The gift, originally slated for 2020 as a part of the organization’s “10 stand-out libraries” gift was postponed an entire year. Children’s books focus on gardening, fruits, vegetables to promote parent/child interaction and appreciation of healthful eating.
*** 2020 ***
- November 14, 2020: Judith’s Reading Room is named the 2020 Holiday Book Drive charity by Barnes & Noble, Broadcasting Square, Wyomissing, PA. As books were collected, they were allocated and shipped to the perfect recipient organization. Over the course of the Book Drive, five (5) recipient organizations received a total of 1,918 books with a cover price of $19,434, as follows:
- AME Church, South Haven, MS: 452 books with cover price of $4,636
- Navajo Nation, Chinle, AZ: 429 books with cover price of $4,090
- Camel Library Project, Pakistan: 46 books valued at $ 234
- Leaders/Readers Network, Canyon, TX: 716 books with cover price of $8,718
- Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, PA: 275 books with cover price of $1,756
- October 29, 2020: Judith’s Reading Room announced today its 101st library — the first ever mobile library to utilize a camel to deliver books to children. The camel driver, Murad, and his camel, “Bright,” delivered 500 books to the nearly impossible to reach the rural community of Kech Balochistan in southwest Pakistan. In partnership with Alif Laila Book Bus Society, and its President, Ms. Basarat Kazim, winner of a 2020 Board Option Prize, Judith’s Reading Room invested in the camel delivery system and 500 children’s books.
- August, 2020: Judith’s Reading Room 100th library dedication at Ziga Primary School, in the Tsholotsho region, south of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe was postponed because of the Coronavirus until January 2021 at which time the children are expected to be allowed to return to school. In partnership with Children in the Wilderness, books were purchased locally to serve 150 students. A check in the amount of $500 was wire-transferred on July 20, 2020 to purchase 126 books.
- February 23, 2020: Judith’s Reading Room dedicated its 99th library today at the Avery Chapel AME Church in Southaven, MS in honor of Rev. Dr. Leoda Topps, the recipient of our #86th library. As a part of our 10th Anniversary and in commemoration of National Black History Month, we shipped 73 books valued at $916.
- January 28, 2020: Judith’s Reading Room celebrates its 10th Anniversary by naming 10 “stand out” libraries out of its 98 libraries in 21 countries. Each library will be awarded $500, for a total of $5,000 to purchase new books to supplement its original library. The 10 libraries are: AME Church, Tunica, Mississippi; Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, Pa; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa; VA “100” Program at various VA hospitals — VA Lebanon, Pa; Harkins’ House, Portland, Or; Anjali House, Siem Reap, Cambodia; Alif Laila Book Bus Society, Lehore, Pakistan; La Palapa Society, Todos Santos, Mexico; The Leadership Center, Zambrano, Honduras; TEACH Rwanda, Kinyarwanda, Rwanda. Each library will be honored and featured on our website during the course of the year. ** COVID 19 Pandemic forced the cancellation of the VA Lebanon, Fox Chase, The Leadership Center donations.
- TEACH Rwanda — @29+ books (TBD) and $500 (mailed 1/22/2020)
- Avery Chapel AME Church, South Haven, MS — 73 books at $916 (see reference to Library #99 so as to not double count!!)
- HARKINS HOUSE — 39 books @ $637 donated March 13, 2020
- January 20, 2020: The 98th library in our 21st country was officially dedicated today in the village of Potamia, Thassos Island, North Greece. Villagers are augmenting the library by donating books from their home collections. Housed in the historic Cultural Union of Polignotos Vagis stone building at the seashore, 150 children will be served. Organized reading activities and book presentations will be routine.
*** 2019 ***
- September 28, 2019: In honor of the 2019 Freedom Through Literacy Award Judith’s Award winner, Vicky Xanthopoulou, Judith’s Reading Room shipped 75 hand-picked children’s books valued at $830 to the village of Potamia, Thassos Island, North Greece in order to establish the first-ever community library in that village.
- March 25, 2019: In conjunction with Ana Luhrs, former board member and Lafayette College Librarian, Judith’s Reading Room dedicated its 97th library in its 20th country with a collection of 25 books — mostly autobiographies of women from around the world — to The Leadership Center in Zambrano, Honduras. TLC gives young women — hand-picked by village elders — the opportunity to learn leadership skills.
*** 2018 ***
- April 15, 2018: Judith’s Reading Room officially opened its 96th library in its 19th country today in conjunction with the organization’s 2017 Freedom Through Literacy Honorable Mention: The Palapa Society of Todos Santos, Mexico. The award of $500 was used to purchase 50 children’s books in English and Spanish for their Biblioteca Infantil (Children’s Library) Bridge to English reading program serving more than 160 children. The non-profit Palapa Society is dedicated to raise the literacy rate and love of reading in the Todos Santos, Mexico community where there is low level household literacy and where school classrooms do not contain books for fun.
*** 2017 ***
- September 10, 2017: Judith’s Reading Room donated 450 children’s books valued at $3,950 to Casa Guadalupe’s Office of the Nutritionist. During a site visit by health authorities, it was recommended that if books could be placed in the nutritionist’s office , it would help occupy the children and would make the counseling sessions with the parents more effective.
*** 2016 ***
- Novebember 29, 2016: Judith’s Reading Room announced the opening of its 95th library in its 18th country with the delivery of 100 children’s books valued at $1,195 to the Mukwashi Trust School located in Lusaka West, Zambia., serving 385 children.
- April 6, 2016: Judith’s Reading Room announced the opening of its 94th library in its 17th country — Rwanda. Working in collaboration with our 2015 Freedom Through Literacy Award Runner-Up, Janet Brown with TEACH Rwanda, volunteers from that organization hand-picked books for the Judith’s Reading Room book collection. They selected 137 books valued at $1,181 to open the library at Bright School in Muhanga, Rwanda. Bright School serves 136 children. Books donated by Judith’s Reading Room are a part of an integrated curriculum in which children develop understandings about the world around them. Bright School is a hub for teachers from around the world to see modern teaching practices in a rapidly developing country where many families are subsistence farmers.
*** 2015 ***
- September 8, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room shipped 92 children’s books, valued at $506 to establish the organization’s 93rd library in our 16th country in The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan). The English language library will be managed by Nazareth, PA native Andrew Berry, now a Peace Corps official at the Risbek Aidarliev School that serves 902 students. Andrew will use the books to establish a book reading club for these children whose village is far from any city.
- September 8, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room shipped 100 children’s books, valued at $800 to create a permanent library at the Alif Laila Book Bus Society headquarters in Lehore, Pakistan.
- June 17, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room established an English language library containing 139 children’s books valued at $831 with Alif Laila Book Bus Society, that was installed at a Government Girls School in Sheikhupura, where Alif Laila set up a library three years ago. There are 1,500 students ranging in age from primary tohigh school. The library is considered a “cluster” library where the neighboring schools also have access, expanding the reach of the books to 3,500 children. English is taught at Sheikhupura. English is compulsory in Pakistan for students who wish to attend university or any institute after high school.
- June 12, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room established an English language library at the Aitezaz Hassan Shaheed School, Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The all-boys school received a box of 101 children’s books valued at $714. The school is named after Aitezaz, a 15 year old boy who sacrificed his life while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school of 2,000 students. Aitezaz’s action to save his classmates captured the hearts of many in Pakistan and he is hailed as a National hero. This library marks the organization’s 90th library and its 14th country outside the United States.
- March 4, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room established its 89th library with a Book Club for 12 at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility, Albany, OR. Oak Creek is the only female juvenile correctional facility in the state of Oregon. As a public safety agency, they are prohibited from spending “general fund” state budget monies on books for kids. Oak Creek serves female youth ages 12-25 committed for criminal offenses. Their mission is to protect the public and reduce crime while holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments. The first book selected by Oak Creek: Insurgent by Veronica Roth. the donation of 12 books is valued at $156. Judith’s Reading Room will provide book club books on a “requested basis.”
- January 20, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room dedicated its 88th library with its establishment at Miller East Alternative Education, Hillsboro, OR, serving students enrolled in the Hillsboro School District’s GED program. Students have access to a public library, but due to transportation issues, they are unable to get there. The initial shipment that established the library contained 100 books valued at $1,063.
- January 6, 2015: Judith’s Reading Room opened business on board the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), home to 5,000 troops. The amphibious carrier is stationed in San Diego, CA, making it the 8th state where a JRR library may be found. The children’s books will support the Navy’s program, “United Through Reading,” which allows Sailors to read a book aloud, be taped, and have the tape sent home. According to naval sources, this program is the #1 morale booster for sailors. For those Sailors whose wives give birth while they are out to sea, the tape recording of their voice is the first time a newborn can hear their father’s voice, according to RPC Ashley Schumacher, head of “United Through Reading” on the carrier. In addition to children’s books, Boxers will also send boxes of adult books for the pure pleasure of reading while the troops are at sea. As of this date, 25 adult books valued at $400 and 121 children’s books valued at $766 have been shipped to the carrier.
*** 2014 ***
- December 22, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room shipped two boxes of children’s books to the amphibious carrier the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), home to 5,000 troops. This first shipment will help establish a children’s book resource center to support the Navy’s program, “United Through Reading,” which allows sailors to read a book aloud, be taped, and have the tape sent home. According to naval sources, this program is the #1 morale booster for sailors. For those sailors whose wives give birth while they are out to sea, the tape recording of their voice is the first time a newborn can hear their father’s voice. A Judith’s Reading Room library will be officially dedicated on the carrier in early 2015.
- December 21, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room opened a library containing 257 children’s books worth $2,280 in Tunica, Mississippi. Mississippi is the organization’s 7th state. The Rev. Dr. Leoda Topps, a Ph.D. and former teacher who is Pastor of St. Peter’s AME Church in Tunica, will manage the library meant to serve, initially, 20 children aged 4-15 years of age. Tunica is a poverty-stricken town, where the citizens received running water just 10 years ago. The children, will have a chance to explore literature for the first time and their parents will be able to actively participate in the process by giving feedback. With the books, the children will be able to increase their reading level, improve their academic ability and develop social skills. It is the organization’s 86th library in the 7th state.
- November 14, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room, in collaboration with The World is Just a Book Away, (WIJABA) opened its 27th library this week in Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia at the Shirin Ebadi Library (SDN Boro School). The English language library that includes 100 children’s books worth $800, serves 224 children. This is the conclusion of the collaboration with WIJABA in Indonesia.
- October 17, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room, in collaboration with The World is Just a Book Away, donated 1,200 children’s books to A Foundation for Kids, Riverside, CA. The organization provides support for 20,000 children in the greater Southern CA area who are abused or at-risk. The children live in group homes and/or foster homes.
- October 17, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room established a library today at the Mangshui Middle School, Yunnan Province, China. The library contains 219 children’s books worth $1,276. The organization was contacted by American teacher, Diane Ahn, who works for Teach for China. She told us that “freedom is to have choice, and in the case of rural China, to have choice is to have mobility. Children who grow up in this area are on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder, and thus only have one means for mobility: education. At the grand opening, officials spoke in front of the entire student body numbering 750 students. This is Judith’s Reading Room’s 84th library and its second in China.
- September 8, 2014: Five libraries were dedicated today, UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, in Resita City, Romania containing 658 children’s books in English worth $3,500. The five libraries, one of which is named the Judith’s Reading Room Library, serves 70,000 residents. The request from municipal librarian, Dominique Zara, is for a total of 6,000-7,000 books, including books to teach English to city politicians. Her goal with respect to that audience is to demonstrate that a library is an indispensable asset in a city and that librarians can do great things for all citizens. Subsequent donations have brought the total books shipped to 1,279 worth $8,314.
- July 2, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room dedicated a library at the Magarao Central School, The Philippines, home to 1,400 elementary and high school students, their teachers and members of the community, thanks to the leadership of Melissa Clouser, Peace Corps volunteer. Melissa’s service project was to establish a library of children’s storybooks in English in order to establish a culture of reading for fun and to improve their performance in the classroom. She also initiated a three-day librarian training session for teachers and students to explain how a library works. Judith’s Reading Room library contains 292 books valued at $1,406.
- June 30, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room opened its sixth (6th) library at the Wayne, PA Boys & Girls Club., serving 90 children. The donation included 613 children’s books and a custom designed mobile library cart is valued at $5,257. According to Christopher Gale, B&GC Manager of Literacy Initiatives, our books will be utilized to support the Philadelphia area “Read by Fourth” program. That program’s goal, by 2020, is to double the number of kids who read on grade level. All six Judith’s Reading Room libraries rotate among the locations and contain 2,758 books valued at $25,336.
- June 1, 2014: Today, the Judith’s Reading Room library was officially dedicated at the Da Chao Shan Elementary School in rural Yunnan Province, China. The school serves 600 children, too poor to be able to afford books, who will now have the opportunity to pass the required core curriculum test in English enabling them to graduate to high school. the organization partnered with the nonprofit, Teach for China and American teachers who serve as Fellows for a two-year assignment. Reading time is scheduled every Wednesday for 40 minutes during which our books may be checked out by students. The library contains 418 children’s books in English with a cover price value of $3,478. The Judith’s Reading Room library was dedicated in honor of Dinyar and Aashish Devitre.
- May 31, 2014: A Judith’s Reading Room library was opened today at SDN Kalisampurno School in Sidoarjo, Indonesia. The 100 books, valued at $800 will enable 216 elementary school students to learn English. Teachers plan to take the children into the library to use the books with their lesson plans. This is our 26th library in Indonesia.
- April 24, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room opened a “lending library” on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5), serving 4,800 Sailors and Marines. It is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship named to honor the defense of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines during the early days of US involvement in WWII. The USS BATAAN is based out of Norfolk, VA and its mission is to enable the Navy and Marine Corps team to accomplish a seamless transition from the sea to the land battle, as the lead ship and centerpiece of an Amphibious Readiness Group. It’s flight deck and well deck also make it the ideal platform for non-combatant evacuation and disaster relief operations. Subsequent donations have brought the total number of books to 349 valued at $6,061.
- March 26, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room opened a library of 53 children’s audiobooks and educational books with CDs valued at $1,254 to READ Bhutan in the village of Khotakpha, Pema Gatshel, Thimphu, Bhutan. A total of 211 students ranging from pre-K to grade 6 will benefit from these books. READ believes empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty. Until 1960, English was not taught.
- February 24, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room opened three additional libraries on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs in the Philadelphia metro area. The donation included 1,050 hand-picked children’s books and three mobile library carts at a total value of $10,240. In May, 2014, 300 books valued at $2,465 were donated so that children could read over the summer and, therefore, avoid “summer slide.” In all, Judith’s Reading Room has delivered 2,158 children’s books plus 5 mobile library carts at a value of $20,283. 13,000 children have access to our books.
- January, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room has begun to redirect religious books donated to our organization to miscellaneous local nonprofits brought to our attention by our volunteers. In January the organization donated 618 religious books at a cover price value of $4,944 to St. John’s Church in Bath.
- January 30, 2014: Judith’s Reading Room donated 25 books to Rainbow Rescue, a nonprofit organization based in Trinidad that supports children forced to survive on city streets due to poverty and breakdown in family life. The objectives of Rainbow Rescue are to rehabilitate, educate and foster the children’s development as productive law abiding citizens. This initial donation is made in anticipation of a library opening with our support in 2014. The value of today’s donation is $219.
*** 2013 ***
- December 30, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room donated 1,280 hardcover books worth $10,240 to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, an organization that provides direct service and emergency assistance to all veterans in VA and military hospitals. In 2014, an additional 12,500 books worth $161,365 have been donated.
- December 23, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room opened two libraries on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs in the Philadelphia metro area, serving more than 400 Philadelphia youth each year. Our books will support the B&G Clubs Literacy Program that aims to provide direct instruction to youth who are having challenges with reading. These children have fallen through the cracks because of a lack of understanding of differences in learning including dyslexia. We were told that until today’s donation, there were never enough books for the children to take home and read on their own. Today’s donation of 750 books is valued at $5,784.
- In 2013, Judith’s Reading Room opened a total of 13 children’s libraries in 13 schools reaching a total of 3,395 students who now have books in English for the first time. Since 2012, JRR has opened a total of 25 English language children’s libraries, with a total of 2,500 books valued at $20,000. Our books now reach 7,690 Indonesian children.
- December 19, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room opened eight (8) additional libraries in Sidoarjo and Padang, East Java, Indonesia, with partner The World is Just a Book Away. Each library consists of 100 English language children’s books. The value of today’s donation is $6,400. The number of children impacted by JRR books at these eight schools is 2,452.
- December 13, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room opened two children’s libraries in connection with Penn State Extension Master Gardener program. The 100 books, worth a total value of $703, are all children’s level gardening books to aid the 129 active Master Gardeners as they prepare programs for urban children. In 2013, Master Gardeners contributed over 4,600 volunteer hours, impacting the lives of 2,000 children. In 2014, an additional 147 children’s gardening books valued at $1,224 were added to the libraries.
- October 31, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room shipped its first box of books to China containing 42 children’s books valued at $247 for the Dachaoshan Middle School in rural Yunnan Province, China.
- August 28, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room continued it collaboration with The World is Just a Book Away by opening an additional five (5) libraries in Sidoarjo and Padang, East Java, Indonesia schools serving 943 students in all. Each JRR library consists of 100 English language children’s books. The value of todays’ donation is $4,000. The named libraries include: Jenny Ming Library, Jane Fonda Library, the Moore Family Library, Zari Rastkar Library and Mehdi Moradmand Library. Together JRR and WIJABA have now opened 17 libraries in Indonesia.
- June 17, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room opened a library at the Schlip Primary School in Rehoboth, Namibia, with 269 hand-picked books for 150 children from kindergarten to grade 7. This donation will offer children the chance to learn English starting in kindergarten. “Books are the most important, the most requested and the most treasured” items the students could want, said Peace Corps volunteer Kirby Kernan.
- June 17, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room established a “lending library” for U.S. Marines based in Japan. This marks the second library on a military base.
- May 4, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room dedicated two libraries in Cambodia. The first library of 76 children’s books in English was dedicated in collaboration with A New Day Cambodia, a nonprofit in Phnom Penh that provides food, shelter and education to more than 100 scavenger children. The second, containing 87 children’s books, was inaugurated at Anjali House, in Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat, which serves 110 children between the ages of 4 – 18 who are so poor they are forced to beg on the streets. Students and teachers use our English books on average three hours/week to build vocabulary and read for pleasure. Subsequent donations have brought the total to 229 books worth $2,087.
- April 24, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room donated a mobile book cart with 438 pre-k books valued at $4,511 to Allentown PA’s Casa Guadalupe’s Women,Infants & Children’s Program (WIC). Casa serves 1,080 individuals per month. In 2013, the organization donated 6,000 pre-k books, bi-lingual educational materials including bookmarks with “Five Tips for Reading to Infants” and posters explaining WHY it is important to read aloud to your children, in an effort to help build a community of readers. Each month, Judith’s Reading Room donates 400 gently-read pre-K books plus 80 new baby books when the parent signs a “Pledge to Read” 20 minutes each day to their baby. Since the program’s inception in April 2013, 11,638 pre-k books valued at $94,377 have been donated to Casa Guadalupe.
- April 23, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room established its presence in Central America with this donation of 182 children’s books valued at $1,337. The library was dedicated on World Book Day at Academia Teocali, a private school four hours north of San Jose, capital of Costa Rica that serves 150 children. The donation increased the size of that schools English-language library by 800%. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 251 books worth $1,941.
- February 13, 2013: Judith’s Reading Room donated a mobile cart containing 1,000 children’s books to Bethlehem, PA’s Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley’s Women, Infants & Children’s Program (WIC). The custom library, valued at $8,870, includes an extensive collection of bilingual books and specifically targets low-income families with children who are not enrolled in daycare or pre-K. Every child enrolled in the WIC program will receive a new book from Judith’s Reading Room on their newborn visit, estimated at 50 children per month. HCLV serves 12,600 individuals annually. Parents are required to sign a Pledge to Read aloud to their children 20 minutes every day in order to receive the new baby book. Since its inception, Judith’s Reading Room has donated 2,750 books worth $23,859.
*** 2012 ***
- December 19, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room opened its second library in Albania in the historic village of Polene, outside the city of Korce, Albania. The Polene Elementary School serves 60 students enrolled in grades K-9 with a staff of eight teachers. English classes are taught three times a week, starting in third grade. A local Peace Corps volunteer coordinated the library dedication which included Polene teacher requested titles including 83 children’s books valued at $664.
- December 12, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room announced today its donation of a children’s library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) aircraft carrier, making it the 2nd library on board the carrier. The initial donation of 436 children’s books valued at $4,927 will give the 4,500 Sailors the opportunity to stay connected with their children while serving overseas thanks to the Naval program, “United Through Reading,” in which Sailors can read books aloud, be taped reading the books and then send the tapes home! Subsequent shipments have brought the total donation to 1,362 children’s books worth $12,940.
- December 10, 2012: In collaboration with The World Is Just A Book Away, a Judith’s Reading Room library was dedicated inside the Queen Noor Al-Hussein Library in Sidoarjo, Indonesia serving 326 students and at the SDN Kedensari II School also in Sidoarjo, serving 253 students. In 2012, Judith’s Reading Room, in collaboration with The World is Just a Book way, donated a total of 1,200 books — 100 books per each of the 12 libraries — at a English language children’s books in Sidoarjo and Padang, East Java, Indonesia.
- October 15, 2012: In collaboration with The World Is Just A Book Away, Judith’s Reading Room opened eight (8) libraries-within-libraries at schools in East Java, Indonesia, as follows: Lois & Buzz Aldrin Library, Fess Parker Library, Muhammad Yunus Library, Desmond Tutu Library, Natasha Richardson Memorial Library, Yo-Yo May Library, Liam Neeson Library and Little Dolphin by the Sea Library. Each Judith’s Reading Room library contains 100 English language children’s books to supplement local language books. Judith’s Reading Room donated today a total of 800 books, valued at $6,400, serving 3,151 school age children at these 8 schools.
- September 27, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room expanded to Europe on this date by opening a library at the Rakip Kocibelli Elementary School, village of Qatrom, near the city of Korce in South-Eastern Albania. Dennis Dias, a Peace Corps volunteer contacted the American Library Association and was put in touch with Judith’s Reading Room. The initial gift of 100 books valued at $1,143 serves 100 children already studying English in grades 3-9. Additional shipments of books have grown the library to 140 books valued at $1,336, serving children as young as kindergarten. Albania is Judith’s Reading Room’s fifth country outside the United States.
- September 14, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room donated its 2nd library today to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s Recreation Therapy Room. The Therapy Room aims to return its patients to their highest possible level of function and independence. Today’s donation is comprised of 300 hand chosen books and a mobile cart with a total value of $7,562.
- August 10, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room donated 220 books valued at $1,137 to the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, an organization that provided an eight week summer program for 44 low-income children, entering grades kindergarten to sixth, with both academic and recreational activities. The donation is the joint effort to reduce ‘summer slide,’ or the loss of skill, knowledge and motivation acquired during the school year due to the lack of practice over the summer.
- August 4, 2012: Judith’s Reading Room delivered a collection of 117 new young adult books worth $1,508 to the Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library in Easton, PA for its inaugural Young Adult Fest. The YA Fest was created to inspire and maintain a lifelong interest in reading amongst youth between 13-18 years of age. We reached a total of 361 attendees, many of whom heard of our organization for the first time. In April 2014, we participated again at the YA Fest and donated 100 YA books, with a cover price value of $746.
- May 31, 2012: Three (3) Judith’s Reading Room libraries – two mobile and one permanent — were dedicated today in Yola By Pass, Adamawa State, Nigeria serving nine (9) educational institutions and impacting over 10,000 students. Judith’s Reading Room collaborated with the American University of Nigeria, the Rotary Club of Yola, Remi Foundation, a school serving 400 including 100 special needs children, and the Karatu Foundation, an organization created to sustain libraries in various institutions in the Yola area, with the goal of increasing literacy in this area of northern Nigeria. The libraries include 850 books valued at $6,123.
- May 23, 2012: Donated 450 books and a mobile library cart valued at $5,926 to Children’s Home of Easton, Easton, PA, “home away from home” for at-risk youth who cannot live at home through no fault of their own. The donation includes a literacy-rich initiative: the inauguration of a Judith’s Reading Room Book Group. The reading initiative will benefit 150 children and their families each year. As Judith’s Reading Room continues to fill the cart and contributes monthly Book Club selections, the library now includes 1,798 books worth $19,797.
- May 22, 2012: A Judith’s Reading Room library, containing 125 children’s books was established inside the Riz Khan Library at the Kebonagung I School, serving 267 students in East Java, Indonesia. The first of two mobile libraries was also dedicated. The mobile library was inaugurated with 230 books and will serve 28 schools reaching nearly 3,500 students. The value of today’s donation is $2,297.
- May 9, 2012: Dedicated a library including 219 children’s books valued at $2,647 to Washington County Juvenile Detention Center ‘Harkins House,’ a nationally recognized model program and short-term temporary residential shelter located near Portland, Oregon. Literacy is a significant protective factor for at-risk youth and is strongly correlated with reducing recidivism. In August, 2012 Judith’s Reading Room helped establish a Book Club. Subsequent donations have brought the total donation to 535 books valued at $6,525.
- May 8, 2012: Donated a library containing 100 coffee table books worth $3,837 to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Hackerman-Patz House, a “home away from home” that offers loved ones accommodations for a modest charge. The custom collection was designed to help ease the stress and strain by allowing guests to escape the difficulties of the moment with a great book. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 218 coffee table books valued at $7,332.
- February 15, 2012: Dedicated the first-ever English language children’s library at the Candipari II School, Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia, serving 298 children. Located within the Miep Gies library containing local language books, Judith’s Reading Room, containing 125 children’s books in English worth $1,033, was dedicated today on what would have been Miep Gies’ 103rd birthday.
- November 4, 2011: Donated to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA a library including a hand-picked collection of 300 books worth $6,912. The donation was made in honor of Lawrence Nelson, father of Leora Hornick, a member of Judith’s Reading Room board of directors. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 2,280 books at $38,804.
*** 2011 ***
- October 19, 2011: Donated to Veterans Sanctuary, Allentown, PA a custom library of 200 books worth $4,618. The first of its kind in the State of Pennsylvania, Veterans Sanctuary provides residential treatment for addiction and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), exclusively for veterans. Additional books were donated on Veterans Day, 2011 for a total donation of 307 books worth $6,701.
- October 3, 2011: A Judith’s Reading Room library was installed at the Industrial Technical Mhila School, Ailum, Muzaffarnagar, INDIA. The custom collection of 41 vocational books worth $417 were hand-carried in luggage to India and included books on needlepoint, embroidery, hairdressing, English as a Second Language and basic computer skills. The library will give 100 girls the vocational skills to ensure a better future.
- September 2011- 2013 School Years: In a unique collaboration with St. Luke’s Hospital and two elementary schools in the Bethlehem Area School District: the Donegan Elementary School and Fountain Hill, Judith’s Reading Room developed “Storytime at Judith’s Reading Room,” a pre-literacy book giveaway and read-aloud experience designed to develop basic concepts about print, including knowing how to hold a book in the right way, differentiating between print and pictures and being able to tell words from letters. During the 2011-2013 school years, a total of 122 volunteers read aloud to 4- and 5-year-olds for a combined 526 hours, gifted a total of 3,809 pre-k books for the children to keep forever worth $30,267. A total of 4,104 child contacts were recorded. The impact: Judith’s Reading Room helped build first-ever home libraries to counter inter-generational poverty.
- September 21, 2011: Two custom Judith’s Reading Room libraries were donated to Westchester Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC) in Valhalla, NY, one to the adult unit and one to the children’s adolescent unit. The BHC serves acute psychiatric patients whose acuity levels are the highest in the country. The donation included 381 books worth $6,817. The donation coincided with Banned Books Week an annual celebration of authors created by Judith F. Krug in 1982, and included more than a dozen “banned books.” Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 441 books valued at $7,561.
- September 6, 2011: A collection of 31 adult and children’s religious books worth $501 were donated to Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton, PA, the 3rd oldest Synagogue in Pennsylvania. In May, 2012, Judith’s Reading Room donated an additional 92 books on the Holocaust, Jewish holidays, Hebrew language and memoires of great Jewish people worth $1,573.
- September 1, 2011: A Judith’s Reading Room library was installed at Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, PA. The hand-picked collection of 2,362 books worth $21,487 makes this Judith’s Reading Room’s largest donation to date. The library contains books for children pre-K to high school. Casa Guadalupe serves families who live in one of the most physically and economically distressed areas in Allentown.
- August 16, 2011: Judith’s Reading Room donated 2,060 children’s and adult books to St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, Lehigh Valley, PA worth $20,927. The donation included six custom libraries, including three KidsCare Clinics in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton; Miners Campus, Coaldale, PA, the hospital’s Medical Mobile Van serving 4 Lehigh Valley Middle Schools (Broughal, Northeast, Raub and Trexler) and the Family Health Center located at the Donegan Elementary School on Bethlehem’s Southside. Dr. Bonnie Coyle, Director, St. Luke’s Community Health Department, said, “We are very excited to collaborate with Judith’s Reading Room to continue to help at-risk low income children improve their reading skills throughout our local communities.” Subsequent donations, including to the St. Luke’s Hospice House have brought the total gift to 4,286 books valued at $42,260.
- May 24, 2011: In collaboration with Garwood Cub Scout Pack #75, Judith’s Reading Room donated a mobile library containing 732 children’s books worth $6,267 to Westlake School, Westfield, NJ, which serves multiply disabled students, ages 7 to 21 years. The donation effectively doubled the size of the school’s library. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 762 books valued at $6,437.
- May/June 2011: Judith’s Reading Room donated 117 new books worth $1,835 to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 2011. The books were donated in honor of Patricia and William H. Horne and Wilda and Lawrence Nelson by their daughters Cathy Leiber and Leora Hornick, respectively.
- March 15, 2011: On this date Judith’s Reading Room was officially “green-lighted” to establish a library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), home to 4,500 Sailors. Shipments are made monthly in memory of Charles A. Horne, Jr., a WWII naval hero and uncle of the Co-Founders. In June 2013 we also shipped to the USS EISENHOWER. Since March 15, 2011, we have shipped 151 boxes of books to Sailors on these two aircraft carriers containing 2,043 books worth $35,396.
- February 22, 2011: Donated a library to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Children’s ER – the first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. The donation of 566 children’s books is worth $3,687. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 887 children’s books worth $6,707.
- January 31, 2011: The U.S. Consulate located in Mazar-e-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, invited Judith’s Reading Room to establish a library of military history books, world and U.S. history, biographies and important works of non-fiction. Books delivered to the Consulate were shared with the 10th Mountain Division Soldiers (NY State) at Camp Marmal, with U.S. troops at Camp Northern Lights, Balkh Province, and with Balkh University, Afghanistan’s 2nd largest university. Before the Consulate closed, the organization shipped 519 books worth $9,708.
*** 2010 ***
- November 19, 2010: Donated to Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA a library for its Pediatric Unit stocked with a custom collection of 484 children’s books valued at $4,478. Subsequent donations have brought the total gift to 777 children’s books valued at $7,230.
- Since November 9, 2010: On this date, Judith’s Reading Room launched the “VA ‘100’ Program.” Judith’s Reading Room ships 100 paperback books on a monthly basis to interested VA hospitals. The “VA 100” program has served VA hospitals in 4 states: in Pennsylvania at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Coatesville Veteran’s Hospital, the VA in Altoona, the Library at Butler Healthcare and the PA Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home; in New Jersey, the VA in East Orange. In March 2013, we began shipping to New York to the VA in Albany. On April 2, 2013, in honor of Doris Leiber, a native New Yorker and member of the Greatest Generation, we started to ship 50 children’s books every other month to the Canandaigua VA in Canandaigua, NY and in October 2013, we shipped the first box of children’s books to The Vet Center, Albany, NY. In May 2013, we commenced shipping to North Carolina to Steadfast House a shelter for homeless female vets with children and to the VA Medical Center in Asheville. In November 2013, we fulfilled a request to ship children’s books to The Vet Center, Albany, NY. Since November 9, 2010, Judith’s Reading Room has shipped a total of 17,456 books to VA hospitals worth $157,997.
- September 29, 2010: Judith’s Reading Room delivered a hand-picked collection of 33 new children’s books worth $330 to Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, PA, for its Pa’Lante program. The Pa’Lante program is an after-school program for second language, at risk, learners in grades 1 to 5.
- Since September 10, 2010: Judith’s Reading Room began shipping books to U.S Marines. As of this date, a total of 2,528 books worth $38,389 have been shipped to U.S. Marines in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia, Japan, Guam, South Korea, the Philippines and to Rapid Response Teams around the world.
- September 1, 2010. Donated to Advocate Lutheran Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, a Judith’s Reading Room library for their Pediatric Unit. Jessica Florence Krug, the grand-daughter of Judith F. Krug, for whom Judith’s Reading Room is named, organized the initial donation which has now grown to 730 children’s books worth $5,786.
- August 18, 2010: Donated to Old Orchard Health Care Center, Easton, PA, c/o Molly Border as beneficiary, a custom Judith’s Reading Room mobile library, containing 227 LARGE PRINT books worth $3,551. Subsequent donations have been added. As of today, a total of 915 books worth $15,414 have been delivered to this senior residential facility.
- July 11, 2010: On this date, a Judith’s Reading Room library was established at the Mehrabudin School in Kabul, Afghanistan, with its one-time donation of 911 books in 34 boxes worth $5,912. The donation created the first-ever library at this school, serving more than 9,000 students. It was dedicated by the 1/178th Field Artillery Battalion’s Camp Phoenix Soldiers, volunteers with Operation Outreach Afghanistan, a Soldier-led organization designed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghani civilians.
- Since July 2010: Judith’s Reading Room began shipping boxes of books to the United States Air Force, Ali al-Salem Air Base, Kuwait City, Kuwait. We have also shipped to Airmen stationed in Kazakhstan and Germany. Since July 2010, we have shipped 2,796 books worth $40,837.
- June 11, 2010: Donated to the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA a custom Judith’s Reading Room library, containing 223 science and math books worth $3,002. The museum-on-wheels will travel to inner-city schools too poor to provide field trips for their students. Subsequent donations have been added, bringing our gift to a total of 579 books worth $6,590.
- May 2010 to June 2014: Judith’s Reading Room started shipping children’s books
c/o the 1/178th Field Artillery Battalion and the 1/182nd Infantry, Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Outreach Afghanistan, the military’s premier intellectual infra-structure project whose mission is to build schools across Afghanistan. Until the outreach program was dissolved on June 23, 2014 due to mission drawdown, we shipped 4,802 children’s books worth $31,144.
- April 2010 to June 2014: The PA National Guard asked Judith’s Reading Room to help establish “Lending Libraries” in support of US Provincial Reconstruction Teams deployed across Afghanistan. In 2010, the Judith F. Krug Memorial Library was dedicated at Camp Phoenix, Kabul. Until the base was closed in June, 2014, Judith’s Reading Room shipped a total of 4,064 books in 296 boxes worth $58,399.
- February 5, 2010: Donated to the Pediatric Unit of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, a custom Judith’s Reading Room mobile library, containing 317 books worth $3,800. Subsequent donations bring to a total 842 books worth $9,274.
- Since January 1, 2010: Judith’s Reading Room has shipped a total of 3,081 books to wounded Soldiers and Marines recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base, Germany and the Nurses serving them in 214 boxes worth $44,474.