We are a passionate group of start-up veterans, educators, physicians, moms, dads...all reading enthusiasts who are excited to be the stewards of this precious store and take its lessons of sharing and growing through reading to every Cincinnati child, whether they ever walk through our doors or not. Our nonprofit mission drives everything in our organization. The store is a beacon, of sorts, for the kind of experience with reading that we believe all children deserve.
In the store, you’ll notice some new paint, some new events and a visible focus on serving our community. What you’ll also see are many familiar faces, treasured stories and experiences that have drawn in young readers and families for 30 years.
BMLP will complement successful, existing literacy efforts through “1 for 1” book donations, support for training reading mentors, expanded author events, building on successful programs that require scale and innovative new programs currently under development.
BMLP will focus on improving the chances for literacy success among children aged 4-8, those years spanning pre-K to grade 3, where a critical need exists to reach and assist children who have not had access to the vital combination of books and appropriate instruction, what we call Curated Literacy. Despite recent improvements, close to 40% of children entering kindergarten in disadvantaged neighborhoods struggle to read at grade level, with 3/4 of those students remaining at similar risk by grade 3.
You can be part of the ManaTeam in numerous ways: