The 86-year old founder of Literacy Inc. (LINC), the NYC organization that hosts “Reading Everywhere Events,” in local businesses, apartment buildings, libraries and parks to expose more urban kids to age appropriate books, still volunteers with the organization every month and she’s encouraging readers of all ages to get involved. In fact, Mimi has been volunteering with LINC for almost 20 years and at 86 this dynamo says she’s not slowing down!
No matter what age you are, Mimi believes, that when you spend time reading to a child, you can have a dramatic impact on that child’s future.
Because if a child can’t read by the end of 3rd grade, they are 4 times more likely not to graduate high school. Children in low-income families are at even greater risk, because these kids often miss out on essential one-on-one reading time. In fact, 61 percent of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes for children.
LINC is championing the early-literacy crisis in New York City by encouraging more parents, grandparents, siblings and volunteers to read with young children early and often. They’re pairing older and younger students to be weekly reading partners, and throughout the city, they host hundreds of pop-up reading events each year where low-income children can be read to by adults. In one year alone, LINC reached nearly 8,000 low-income children, more than 1,500 NYC parents and distributed more than 4,500 children’s books to families.
Here are the upcoming Bronx Literacy Inc. (LINC) “Reading Everywhere Events” events.
|October 30||4:00-5:00 pm||Kingsbridge Library, 291 W 231st St, Bronx, NY, United States||PJ night – the LINC staff member reads a good night story. Reader and many listeners wear pajamas. Presented monthly
|October 31||4:30-6:00 pm||Church of the Mediator
260 W 231 St Street, Bronx, NY 10463
|Volunteer led Story Hour that takes place every-other Friday afternoon|
For more information, www.lincnyc.org