Born to Read - Raising a Generation of Readers

 
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Jul 9, 2012

BIG News!!

Greetings and Salutations, Born to Read supporters! Thank you for your help in our effort to equip Bexar County families to successfully promote reading in the home beginning at birth. I am so excited to be the bearer of EXCITING news!! But first, let me take the time to thank both our new and long-time donors for their support of the Born to Read program.  We want you to know that we appreciate every single donation we receive! There are many projects worthy of funding and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation staff and volunteers are grateful for your investment and strive to make your money work as hard as they can toward eliminating illiteracy. Maya Angelou best expressed why the Born to Read program is so important to us when she said:

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou 

I want to share with you something that we at The Library Foundation are extremely proud of! Our book, 1, 2, 3, Si! won second place in the International Latino Book Awards for 2012 for Best Educational Children’s Book, English Division!! 

Also, 2012 promises to continue to bring BIG things for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation!  The Library Foundation organized a partnership with the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) and Trinity University Press to publish a bilingual board book series dubbed Arte Kids.  The Library Foundation continuously looks for ways to keep the program fresh and interesting for all who participate.  


Approximately every two years the Library Foundation changes the book titles in the Born to Read bags to ensure that families with more than one child receive a variety of books through the program.  While looking for a new title the committee came across the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board book My First ABC and fell in love with it.  Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a segment or detail of a painting. Each page is a colorful artistic treasure with wonderful images printed on sturdy boards for small hands to explore repeatedly.  The group soon learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had expanded the concept and had created additional books for teaching babies shapes and numbers. 


In a discussion with SAMA, a committee member suggested the idea of creating our community’s own numbers, colors, animals and shapes board book series using art pieces from SAMA as the images for the book.  The partners jumped at this idea, as it made perfect sense to introduce Bexar County newborns to basic concepts featuring works of art in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection.  Not only would the books strive to instill a love of reading in our community’s children, but these books would foster a love of art by providing images of masterpieces that families can see in their hometown.  


This new board book series ties nicely into the Library Foundation’s Born to Read program, and with the publishing of the first book – 1, 2, 3, Si – San Antonio newborns will have this representing the bilingual book in their Born to Read literacy bag which is distributed annually through the hospital systems in Bexar County.
The next two books - Colores Everywhere and Hello Circulos – are slated to be published by October 2012.  The fourth book relating to animals will publish and release in January 2013.  There are discussions between the SAPLF, SAMA and Trinity Press to expand beyond the four slated for this first series to include outdoors, body, transportation, black and white, and ABC.  Details and funding are still being finalized.  

So again, thank you so much for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at tamara.simon@saplf.org.


Read on my friends!


Sincerely,

Apr 9, 2012

1, 2, 3 Si Reaches New Heights!

Greetings and Salutations, Born to Read supporters! Thank you for your help in our effort to equip Bexar County families to successfully promote reading in the home beginning at birth.  It is only through the dedication of our staff, volunteers, partners and donors that Born to Read is able to have such an extensive impact on the San Antonio community. I especially want to thank both our new and long-time donors for their support of the Born to Read program.  The fact that you continue to donate during these trying economic times speaks volumes and we want you to know that we appreciate every single donation we receive! There are many projects worthy of funding and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation staff and volunteers are grateful for your investment and strive to make your money work as hard as they can toward eliminating illiteracy. Maya Angelou best expressed why the Born to Read program is so important to us when she said:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou 

As I mentioned in our previous report, our book, published with the help of Trinity University Press, “1, 2, 3 Sí” became available at Target and on Amazon.com.  But the celebration isn’t over yet! I am thrilled to announce more exciting news with you! 1, 2, 3 Sí has been nominated for not one, but two prestigious awards! We’ve been nominated for the National Hispanic Book Award (in the children’s bilingual nonfiction category) and 1, 2, 3 Sí is also a finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Children’s Picture Book Award!

I’d like to take this time to mention that the ‘donate in honor of’ option would make a great gift for Mother’s Day! Moms never want for themselves, they always want for you. Make mom, grandma, aunt, or any woman who has made a significant impact in your life, proud and show her she raised you right a donation in honor of her.  Making a donation through GlobalGiving will give you the opportunity to send a free, personalized tribute card in electronic, print at home, or physical form, letting her know that a donation was made in her honor. Although $10 doesn’t sound like a lot, it purchases 5 bilingual books for children in need. Making a donation during GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Campaign will also help us to earn up to $2,500 in bonus awards for Born to Read, showing mom you good at managing your money! The campaign run May 1 – 13, so don’t forget to mark your calendars! Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at tamara.simon@saplf.org

Read on my friends!

 Sincerely,

TaMara Simon

Project Leader

Jan 9, 2012

1, 2, 3 Si Goes National!

Greetings, Born to Read supporters! I want to start off by thanking both our new and long-time donors for their support of the Born to Read program.  I’d also like to recognize our donors through GlobalGiving.com who have added the Born to Read project to their corporate partner community giving pages or fundraisers, as well as those who have set up automatic monthly gifts.  Without your support, we would not be able to reach our goals and ensure that every child born in Bexar County is encouraged to read at a young age. There are many projects worthy of funding and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation staff and volunteers are grateful for your investment and strive to make your money work as hard as they can toward eliminating illiteracy. The following quote puts into words the joy, wonder, and knowledge that reading can bring:

 “Lord! When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” - Christopher Morley

Through the Born to Read initiative, the Foundation is working to help parents understand the importance of instilling the love of reading early on and letting them know the Library has a virtually endless supply of free books to nurture their offspring into becoming lifelong learner and readers. With, 49.6% of the U.S. population at a low level of literacy, our goal is to make Born to Read a national program and with your support we can make that happen! The book we published, with the help of Trinity University Press, “1, 2, 3 Sí” is now available at Target and on Amazon.com, making us one step closer to wiping out illiteracy. Over 65,000 copies of the book have been distributed and we are working hard to increase the number of national outlets where “1, 2, 3 Sí” will be available. Also, we plan to add at least two more books to this bilingual series, including one on colors and one on shapes.

Lastly, I’d like to remind you the ‘donate in honor of’ option would make a great gift for an avid reader, educator, librarian, or teacher! You’ll have the opportunity to send a free tribute card letting them know that a donation was made in their honor. Although $10 doesn’t sound like a lot, it purchases 5 bilingual books for children in need. Please feel free to share our cause with friends and family through email or word of mouth. Your support is greatly appreciated! Should you  have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at tamara.simon@saplf.org

Read on my friends!

 Sincerely,

TaMara Simon

Project Leader

 

Oct 11, 2011

Fall 2011 Born to Read Update

Greetings, Born to Read supporters! Thank you for your help in our effort to equip Bexar County families to successfully promote reading in the home beginning at birth.  It is only through the dedication of our staff, volunteers, partners and donors that Born to Read is able to have such an extensive impact on the San Antonio community. 

I can’t wait to share the latest Born to Read scoop with you!  In our last update I had shared that the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), and Trinity University Press had begun to plan the creation of San Antonio’s own bilingual numbers, colors, and shapes board book series using art pieces from SAMA as the images for each book.  This unique collaboration aimed at instilling a lifelong love of reading and fostering an appreciation of art and cultural diversity in San Antonio’s youth. I am pleased to announce the first book in the series, “1, 2, 3 Sí” has been published and is being distributed to newborns through the Born to Read bags.  Moreover, H-E-B (grocery chain in Texas and Mexico) is incorporating “1, 2, 3 Sí” into its new Read 3 literacy program. The book is also available at local retail outlets such as SAMA’s gift shop, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and the Twig Book Shop with negotiations underway to expand it nationally through chains such as Anthropologie, Sam’s Clubs, Costco, Wal-Mart and Kroger.  SAMA held a kickoff event featuring Mayor Julián Castro reading the book to children.  The public event also incorporated a variety of book-inspired activities including storytelling, performances and hands-on art activities.

To learn more about “1, 2, 3 Sí” and the community partnership that made it a reality, please read the San Antonio Express-News article at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Learning-to-read-with-help-from-the-Museum-of-Art-2192979.php.

Also creating literary excitement in the community, this past Saturday the San Antonio Express-News held its 8th Annual “Children’s Book & Author Celebration” benefiting the Born to Read initiative.  The purpose of this immensely popular event is to showcase authors who share their experiences and stories with local children, inspiring them to become avid readers and encouraging them to write their own stories.  Local writer and artist, Xavier Garza, and R.L. Stine, creator of the wildly popular Goosebumps series, brought ghoulish stories to life for the enraptured audience.  After the presentations eager youth met the authors personally and got their books autographed. 

To learn more about the event and view pictures please read the San Antonio Express-News article at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Stine-brings-ghoulish-stories-to-life-2209312.php

Before closing I want to share an awesome opportunity to make your gift to Born to Read go even further. If you donate online at globalgiving.com on October 19 (using a credit card or PayPal), GlobalGiving will provide a 30% match donation up to $1,000 per donor, with a total of $100,000 available in matching funds.  Please note that donations made by check, wire, or any other source are not eligible for the match.  In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors.  Please consider making a gift to Born to Read through GlobalGiving.com on October 19.  As always, you can track Born to Read’s progress on the GlobalGiving leaderboard

Thanks again for all you do to foster youth who are “Born to Read.”  Happy reading!

Sarah Rice

Project Leader

Jun 23, 2011

1,2,3 Si and Two New Partners

I’m eager to share the latest Born to Read scoop with you as the initiative has two exciting pieces of news.  First, you may remember from a previously posted update that in 2010 the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and San Antonio Museum of Art had begun to plan the collaborative creation of San Antonio’s own bilingual numbers, colors, and shapes board book series using art pieces from the San Antonio Museum of Art as the images for each book.  The goal was to introduce San Antonio newborns to basic concepts featuring works of art in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection, thereby instilling a love of reading in our community’s children and also fostering a love of art by providing images of masterpieces families can see for themselves.  The plan was for each book in the series to become a part of the Born to Read bags distributed to 25,000 newborns and their families each year.  Well, we are elated to announce that another local partner, Trinity University Press, has agreed to handle the publishing, and the first book in the series, “1,2,3 Si” is literally about to hit the press!  Stay tuned because we can’t wait to share more information and images from the book as they become available.

Second, I am thrilled to alert you of Born to Read’s two newest sponsors: Kimberly-Clark and Mission Pharmacal.  Kimberly-Clark has generously contributed funds to the Born to Read program along with two sheets of coupons (one side in English, the other in Spanish) to be placed in the Born to Read bags.  The coupons provide discounts on diapers, wipes, and a handful of other frequently used household items.  Please see the attached pdf to view the coupons.  Mission Pharmacal is Born to Read’s other latest sponsor.  Along with a generous contribution to the program, the company is including a coupon and sample of their diaper rash crème, Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment, and has offered to help Born to Read with printing using their in-house print shop.  Thank you, Kimberly-Clark and Mission Pharmacal!

As always, I want you, our donors, to know how grateful the Born to Read program is for your support.  You are critical to the program’s success and growth, and I hope our updates on GlobalGiving show you what you’ve helped accomplish.  If you ever have questions or comments about Born to Read please contact me at sarah.saplf@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,

Sarah Rice

Project Leader


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TaMara Simon

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San Antonio, Texas United States

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