Judith’s Reading Room visits 2021 Honorable Mention Winner! Updated!

November in NYC with 2021 Honorable Mention Freedom Through Literacy Award winner, Dr. Lisette Caesar

Early November…

Judith’s Reading Room’s 2021 Honorable Mention Freedom Through Literacy Award winner, Dr. Lisette Caesar, Principal, Mosaic Preparatory Academy and Asst. Principal Jacqueline Wilson plus Scott and Cathy Leiber met in early November in NYC to discuss her innovative literacy initiatives at Mosaic Preparatory Academy in East Harlem. Photo US Above: Scott Leiber, Jacqueline Wilson, Dr. Lisette Caesar. Below: Dr. Lisette Caesar and Cathy Leiber.

Scott and Cathy Leiber of Judith’s Reading Room was honored to attended the ribbon cutting for a creative, cutting-edge innovation – a book vending machine at Mosaic Preparatory Academy in East Harlem, New York. One of our 2021 Honorable Mention Freedom Through Literacy Award winners, Lisette Caesar, was the brain child of this project.

One memorable comment from a student was “I thought I would never see a vending machine with books. I’ve only seen them with candy.”đź’•

Judith’s Reading Room a B&N 2020 Holiday Book Drive Charity

Dear Michael,
Thank you very, very much for naming Judith’s Reading Room the 2020 Holiday Book Drive charity for your Barnes & Noble store, located at Broadcasting Square, Wyomissing, PA.
Scott and I were amazed that in the first week of the drive, your generous patrons donated over 400 books to serve children with limited access to books!  We can’t imagine how many more books will be donated over the entire holiday season!!
These two pictures show how we got to work, immediately, to determine the exact perfect book for the exact perfect recipient organization!  Charmaine Tsosie, Navajo Nation in Chinle, AZ will receive a huge mix of books to add to her mobile library… Rev. Dr. Leoda Topps, Pastor AME Church, South Haven, MS will receive books featuring black children or written about African American people …. Chris McGilvery, Canyon, TX will receive elementary to middle school books….. Basarat Kazim, Lahore, Pakistan (currently visiting family in the USA) will receive the “ very early readers” for her to hand-carry in her luggage to Lahore, Pakistan … Dawn Bush, Casa Guadalupe, Allentown, PA will receive birth-to-five books for parents in the WIC program.
Including the packages with multiple books (we count each book as a separate book) we arrived at a grand total of 486 books with a cover price of $3,533.  
Again, Michael, thank you from all of us — and thank you in advance from all the children, all over the USA and the world for encouraging your patrons to donate books this holiday season.  Scott and I will be back as soon as you have another batch of books for us to pick up!

Kelly Stoops and her program “Book Blast”

On Wednesday May 4th we gathered together to celebrate Judith’s Reading Room 2016 Freedom Through Literacy Awards Winners. We would like to the share this wonderfully produced video shown at the 2016 Freedom Through Literacy Award dinner in honor of Kelly Stoop’s GRAND PRIZE Award initiative “Book Blast”.

More information on Kelly Stoops, “Book Blast” and the winners will be coming soon!

The 65th, the final, Boxing Party

Judith’s Reading Room celebrated its 65th month of boxing books for active duty troops and veterans at its final Boxing Party on Monday, November 2, 2015.


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Thirty-four community volunteers ranging in age from 3 to 70 gathered at the organization’s southside Bethlehem headquarters. Packing 965 mostly new novels worth $10,608, the volunteers smashed previous shipment totals. The organization serves VA hospitals and shelters in Pennsylvania at the PA Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home and Butler Healthcare, the VA Hospital in E. Orange New Jersey, and Steadfast House in NC, a shelter for women veterans and their children.

Over the past five years, Judith’s Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization, has shipped a total of 126,442 books worth $1,371,791. Nearly 50% of all shipments have been to military bases, hospitals, shelters and aircraft carriers here and around the world. The organization has established 93 libraries in 16 countries serving tens of thousands of children and adults who crave the opportunity to read for fun.

Judith’s Reading Room has shifted its focus to searching the world for individual champions of literacy from all disciplines — teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators — anyone who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading. The $10,000 Award carries a top prize of $5,000 and up to five $1,000 runner-up prizes.


Aug. 6th – Bethlehem Charity Cask Night

8_6_15-cask-nightBegins at 5pm at the Bethlehem Brew Works

Drink a Pint for a Good Cause!

100% of the proceeds will be donated to Judith’s Reading Room in loving Memory of our friend Kelly Stoops. Enjoy traditional cask beer served from a naturally carbonated, hand drawn firkin. Stop by after 5pm to learn more about the charity and to drink a pint for a good cause. Cheers!

610-882-1300 | 569 Main Street Bethlehem



Oct. 30th – Tour de Noir Author Event!

Tour de Noir Author Event!

Book Signing! ~ Trivia! ~ Games! ~ Prizes! In support of Judith’s Reading Room. A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Judith’s Reading Room (ID 11473915).


Meet Young Adult authors:

  • Jessica Verday
  • Jennifer Murgia
  • Lisa Amowitz
  • Janice Gable Bashman
  • Elizabeth Kiem
  • Dianne Salerni
  • Yvonne Ventresca

You can also visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 10/29/14 to 10/31/14 by entering Bookfair ID 11473915 at checkout


Oct. 30th – Special Event at Talbots!

Special Event at Talbots!

Talbots and Judith’s Reading Room invite you to an afternoon of shopping and refreshments. Bring the kids for an afternoon of reading and treats! Monster theme – “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and other monster themed books. Activity – Oragami Monster book marks. 10% of the pre-sale tax sales will be donated to Judith’s Reading Room. Please RSVP by Oct. 28th to talbotbethlehemrsvp@gmail.com.

Special Event at Talbots!  October 30th 2014

Nov 8th and 9th Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Saturday and Sunday Nov 8th and 9th

Barnes & Noble Bethlehem
(At the intersection of Route 33 and Freemansburg  Ave.)

Saturday November 8th Activities

10:30am until 2:30 pm – Face painting

“Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann – Pipecleaner Tiaras

“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak – Oragami Monster Bookmarks

1:30 pm
The Little Scarecrow Boy” by Margaret Wise Brown – Scarecrow Faces

Barnes & Noble 2014 Bookfair Voucher

Download Printable Vouchers

Can’t attend? You can also visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 11/8/14 to 11/14/14 by entering Bookfair ID 11478617 at checkout

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