Posted by admin on 09.08.2009 at 2:39 pm
As you undoubtedly know, we are all about literacy here at Better World Books. But you might ask, why literacy? And what does it mean to promote literacy? That’s why we thought in honor of International Literacy Day we’d share our views on why literacy is so important to us and to the world.
Those of us who can read and write sometimes take that ability for granted, but think of all the things you couldn’t do without those skills, from navigating your way in a new area to knowing what medication to take to being able to understand and communicate with the world around you.
Being literate is not just about the ability to read a story and enjoy good books, it is about being empowered. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said it best: “Literacy is not just about reading and writing; it is about respect, opportunity and development”.
There is a correlation between literacy and poverty. This is why empowerment through literacy is so important. Literacy presents new opportunities and brings the marginalized onto equal footing enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty. Literacy is foundational to education which in turn is foundational to development.
To celebrate International Literacy Day, we’re discounting all used books in our warehouse 15%. As always, you’ll be helping one of our amazing non-profit literacy partners with every purchase. (Note — that means used books from our warehouse, not from the Marketplace.)
Just use this code at checkout: 4LITERACY
One Day Only – Good on Sept. 8, 2009!
Posted by admin on 10.08.2007 at 8:46 am
First Book and Better World Books teamed up for a community book drive in our nation’s capital from September 8th (International Literacy Day) through the 23rd. First Book has distributed over 50,000,000 new books to children from low-income families in the United States .
Partnering with the Washington DC VFW, the Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, and SunTrust Mortgage Bank, we collected over 15,000 books! Proceeds from the sale of those books will help First Book get books into the hands of children.
Our team (pictured) went through all of the books in just 3 days. It was a lot of fun meeting our new partners and getting out of the office to sort some books!
You can still help support First Book by donating your books to generate funding for them.
Posted by admin on 09.24.2007 at 10:41 am
September 8th was the 42nd celebration of International Literacy Day. There are now close to 4 billion literate people in the world and Better World Books applauds those achievements. There is still much to be done to promote literacy and while we strive to every day, September 8th gave us a special opportunity to try to do more.
The 2007 theme was “Literacy, key to good health and well-being”. In conjunction, the Atlanta office sent two representatives to visit one of the new Wellness Information Zones developed in partnership by Libraries for the Future and The Humana Foundation. These physical stations located within select libraries are aimed at reducing the number of people who have difficulty obtaining, understanding and acting on basic health information. Through the Wellness Information Zones and www.wellzone.org people will have access to reliable health information that they can use to make positive decisions about their health.
In addition to the continuing education of our staff, Better World Books had organized a number of initiatives to commemorate the day. From offering tips to promote literacy and discounts on purchases at www.BetterWorld.com, Better World Books hopes to bring necessary awareness to the global pandemic that is illiteracy. As an added measure, the Library Division of Better World Books distributed a press release to targeted cities.
I encourage all of our readers, staff and supporters to think about the impact that literacy has on your own lives. Thank those who have contributed to this gift and yourself for sharpening this tool.
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” –Mark Twain
Posted by admin on 09.07.2007 at 2:31 pm
Tomorrow, September 8th, is International Literacy Day! The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is dedicating this year to the vital relationship between literacy and health – including general health care, nutrition, family and reproductive health and health-related community development. The slogan for International Literacy Day 2007 is “Literacy, key to good health and well-being.”
Betterworld.com has a special feature on Five Things That You Can Do To Support Literacy – visit the site for an extra 10% off book purchases through September 12th, 2007.
Posted by admin on 08.13.2007 at 11:20 am
Room to Read’s summer newsletter is now available online! It’s packed with articles about the launch of their Room to Grow girls’ scholarship program in Laos, a local lanuage publishing conference in Nepal, a panel on traditional African storytelling and Room to Read’s plans for International Literacy Day, coming up September 8th.
There’s also a great article about the Better World Books/Room to Read partnership – from now till the end of the year, $5 from the sale of every Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book on www.BetterWorld.com will go to funding the establishment of libraries in Nepal and Sri Lanka! Our goal is to raise $15,000 to construct 5 libraries, so if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, click here to get one today!
Posted by admin on 11.10.2006 at 5:20 pm
Our wonderful U.S. literacy partner, National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), released an impressive tabloid for International Literacy Day on September 8th 2006 (previously blogged here) and it’s now available to download from their website!
Titled “Newspaper Inspiration: New Generation,” the 16-page tabloid features engaging articles and activities, all geared towards making reading the local newspaper a family affair. The literacy information and activities for parents and children of all ages include:
- Activities to improve reading and match comprehension
- Parent resources
- Word games and activity calendars
- Literacy volunteer opportunities
Last year’s version ran in more than 400 newspapers throughout the nation with a combined circulation of more than 25,000,000!
You can download the beautifully designed tabloid from NCFL’s site: http://www.famlit.org/site/c.gtJWJdMQIsE/b.1466911/apps/s/content.asp?ct=2992071
In addition, NCFL recently sent Better World Books a series of stories about the parents that benefit from their family literacy programs. Here’s a feature on Carolina Hernandez, a family literacy student through the Even Start program at McFerran Elementary in Louisville , KY.
Originally from Mexico , Carolina is married with two children. She has lived in Louisville for six years. With just six months in the Even Start program, she has already learned a lot. The Even Start program helped Hernandez keep the job she’s had for two years. The money she earns at her job helps to support her family and she also sends what money she can to her parents in Mexico . Although the program has helped her maintain employment, her children are her priority. She wants to learn English so that she can help them with their homework.
In her own words: “I like to be independent. When I arrived here, if I needed to go with a doctor, I had to call a translator or pay money. Now I can do it myself. The important thing that I like is I can help my children with their homework. Also, it’s very important to me that I can answer my son’s questions. I think it is basic for their education.”
Stay tuned for more great stories like Carolina’s!
Posted by admin on 09.08.2006 at 4:14 pm
Here’s a PR from National Center for Family Literacy, promoting International Literacy Day…
Help Celebrate International Literacy Day Sept. 8
Louisville , KY – (September 8, 2006) New learning opportunities await families and children every day, it’s just a matter of looking in the right places, including the local newspaper.
Celebrate International Literacy Day Sept. 8 and begin a ritual of lifelong learning with the 2006 Literacy Tabloid presented by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, Verizon and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL).
Titled “Newspaper Inspiration: New Generation,” the 16-page tabloid is offered to newspapers and features engaging articles and activities, all geared towards making reading the local newspaper a family affair.
The tabloid ran in more than 400 newspapers throughout the nation last year with a combined circulation of more than 25,000,000.
“Newspapers provide a daily source of learning opportunities for parents and children and are especially important even in this age of MP3 players and podcasts, instant messaging and other high-tech ‘infotainment’,” said Sharon Darling, president & founder of NCFL.
The literacy information and activities included in the tabloid are drawn from the latest research from NCFL’s qualified experts including:
• Activities to improve reading and math comprehension
• Parent resources
• Word games
• Literacy volunteer opportunities
Thirty-four million adults have such low literacy skills that reading newspapers or books to their children or filling out a job application is nearly impossible.
“Making reading the newspaper a family experience will give parents quality time with their children while instilling a love of reading and desire to know more about their world,” said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston.
The free tabloid comes in InDesign and PDF files on a CD and can be ordered at the NAAF Web site at www.naafoundation.org/foundation/LitTab06/.
For more information, call Marvin Young of NCFL at (502) 584-1133 x173.
The National Center for Family Literacy, the worldwide leader in family literacy, was founded in Louisville in 1989. NCFL has impacted 1 million families and trained 150,000 teachers, practitioners and advocates. To learn more or to donate to this effort, call 1-877-FAMLIT1 or visit www.famlit.org.
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