Blue Manatee Literacy Project

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A community working together to promote literacy

For decades, the Blue Manatee’s incredible “sense of place” has fostered young readers’ enthusiasm for literature, imagination and expressive arts. Far too few children have the gift of this experience. We aim to change that.

For every book sold a book is donated

With a twist on the traditional "1 for 1" donation model, BMLP will not only match each book purchased in the store with a new book for an at-risk Cincinnati student, that book will be age-and level appropriate, delivered as part of a Curated Literacy program where instruction, mentoring and encouragement comes with every book.

A calendar full of events for everyone in the family!

The Blue Manatee Literacy Project bookstore will provide story times, interactive storytelling, author visits and events, and (of course) sell books, with all operational proceeds and energy directed toward the Curated Literacy mission.

Empowering every young reader with the skills, resources and inspiration to succeed.

Get Ready for Zak Morgan!

The Blue Manatee is excited to present grammy nominated children's performer, Zak Morgan. Join Zak and BMLP for an afternoon of fun in the heart of Oakley. Enjoy delicious treats from vendors like Street Pops. There will be plenty of activities and of course, great music!

Sunday, June 9, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Geier Esplanade

Performance time 3:30

A Note From Your ManaTeam

The Blue Manatee has always been more than just a bookstore. It is a place that is meant to light a spark inside of children. It creates a love of books and reading from an early age. We want to take that spark outside of the store and give more children the opportunity to experience the joy of reading. the store will still be a place to buy books, attend story times, meet authors and buy gifts. But now, through every purchase, you are directly investing into literacy programs for communities all around the Cincinnati area.


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