Metro East Literacy Project Bookshelf December
Promoting a Culture of Reading for Family Transformation
Books Under the Christmas Tree
The Christmas gifts I remember the most as a child are the books my siblings and I received. I still remember a red hardback riddle book that I read over and over until it fell apart. Another favorite was my first reference book, a kids question and answer book that covered just about any topic that might interest a kid. Q & A books are great to give to kids to stir their curiosity. I believe consistently getting books as Christmas gifts sent a message to me that reading was important.
I think the Icelandic people got it right. They have a celebration on Christmas Eve called Jolabokaflod. That roughly means "Christmas Book Flood" in English. Everyone in the family receives a brand new book and they sit by the fireplace sipping hot cocoa and reading their book. Doesn't that sound lovely and peaceful? It's no wonder that a 2013 study showed that 93 percent of Icelanders read at least one book a year and 50 percent read more than eight books a year. Sounds like Iceland is intentional about building a reading culture. Why not start a reading culture in your home by giving your children books for Christmas? It's a gift that can last forever.
Read a New Book Month
What book are you reading? Will you list the title on the Metro East Literacy Project Virtual Bookshelf? The Metro East Literacy Project (MELP) is raising money to build avid, lifelong readers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In some sections of our population, there is a serious reading crisis with functional illiteracy and book deserts. MELP is raising awareness and creating opportunities to help improve reading skills within the community.
Make a donation of $5 minimum, plus $2 for the cover image, of a favorite book such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Catcher in the Rye,” “The Warmth of Other Suns," or some other favorite or inspirational book. And, if you are an author, you should list your own book! Let’s fill up the Metro East Literacy Project Virtual Bookshelf with your book titles.
10,000 Books Distributed--Thank you for supporting literacy! December 30, 2021
Your generous donation to the Metro East Literacy Project (MELP) helped us to give away over 10,000 books to families in the East St. Louis, Il area. During a drive-up food, toy, clothing and book giveaway on Saturday, December 18, 2021, MELP gave 417 families a bag of 25 books for adults and children. Our volunteers worked hard for most of 2021 to make this book giveaway happen. We plan to reach more communities in 2022.
Thank you so much for supporting the Metro East Literacy Project.
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Linda M. Mitchell
Literacy is Liberation! It takes You Higher.