Rx for Reading Detroit

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Making Space for Reading

July 04, 2017

Rx for Reading Community Partners "Make Space" for Reading


In a city characterized as a “book desert,” how do you grow an environment that is rich with print?

Take a few minutes to see how your donation has helped build over 30 Rx for Reading Community Libraries in community centers, churches, schools, and shelters. Kids and families have chosen 15,000 books from these little birdhouses for books, in addition to over 55,000 books distributed through our other programs. 

If you would like to sponsor an Rx for Reading Community Library, a donation of $150 places a library with a new community partner. Every $20 purchases 10 new books for kids to "Take, Read, Share!" Give here: https://impact.udmercy.edu/rxreading

Read more about our work at our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us by email.

And THANK YOU to all of our supporters who make this work possible!

Partner Profile: Covenant Community Care

April 04, 2017

The Rx for Reading model is based on community collaboration. There are so many incredible organizations working on behalf of kids and families in Detroit--our mission is to help them integrate books and reading into their mission.

We have over 50 community partners in Detroit, including low-income health, dental, and WIC clinics, Head Start programs, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, churches, and community centers. With their help--and yours--we have distributed almost 65,000 books to children in our local community. 

Take a few minutes to see how your donation has made a difference for the patients and families at Covenant Community Care. 

What can you do in 15 weeks?

December 19, 2016

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead


Over the past 15 weeks, 28 college students have performed 537.5 hours of community-engaged service for Rx for Reading Detroit.  They have read with preschoolers and elementary students in our community, established 10 new Rx for Reading libraries in Detroit and Hamtramck, run book drives at their churches and dance studios, sorted and delivered donations, and distributed 12,043 new and gently used books to kids and community partners throughout Detroit.  

This is what one student said about the experience: "It is not possible to promote the educational growth of students if they do not have access to books. In the future, I look forward to continuing my work in Detroit because I think my best chance of increasing social justice is by starting first in the community I live in."

This work would not be possible without the generosity of donors like you. We are almost 80% of the way to our fundraising goal, which will help purchase thousands of new books and ignite a passion for reading in our next generation of community leaders.  THANK YOU!

Read more about our work at our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us by email.

Halfway to our goal!

December 02, 2016

We are immensely grateful for the incredible support we received this #GivingTuesday.  Just a few days into our 2016 fundraiser and we are halfway to our goal!  But we still have a long way to go.  The funds we raise now will allow us to continue our operations throughout the year.  

What are your donations used for?  

Simple: Donations purchase high-quality children's books and establish free libraries in low-income health clinics, homeless shelters, and other community organizations. We are particularly committed to purchasing books with characters from diverse cultural backgrounds so that all children see themselves reflected in the books they read.  Rx for Reading has zero overhead and no paid employees.  100% of donations go directly to support reading for kids and families in Detroit.  

Your dollar goes farther!

Rx for Reading is lucky to be a literacy partner with both First Book and Barefoot Books, allowing us to purchase brand new children's books for a fraction of the retail cost.  This is why your $25 donation can purchase 10 brand new books for kids (and sometimes more)!  

Help us spread the word.

People want to have a positive impact in this world, but sometimes we don't know how to start.  Please tell your friends and family that a donation to Rx for Reading, however small or large, has an immediate impact on the children who will be our next generation of readers and leaders in Detroit.  And thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support!


Our way
of Thanking You


Laminated Bookmark

Handmade laminated bookmark from the slipcover of a children's book.

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Good Karma

According to the spiritual principle where actions of an individual influence the future of that individual, you will enjoy a future reward. $0 Fair Market Value.

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Sponsor a Little Free Library

Your donation will create a new Rx for Reading Library in a community organization that serves children and families in Detroit. https://rxreading.org/tag/little-free-library/

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Purchase/Sponsor a Library

You will receive your own custom built library AND sponsor a library for a community organization in Detroit. Your library will come with your choice of a stand for placement indoors or a pole for planting outside. The library comes unpainted. (Donor must be in the Metro Detroit/Ann Arbor area for delivery). https://rxreading.org/tag/little-free-library

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Sponsor a Head Start Program

As a Head Start sponsor you will cover the cost of an Rx for Reading Head Start partnership for one semester, purchasing 180 new books for 18 preschoolers to read, love, and keep. https://rxreading.org/what-happens-when-college-students-and-preschoolers-read-together

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