Early Literacy

#ALSC12 Ready to Read Corps: Columbus Metropolitan Library Taking Every Child Ready to Read to the Streets

Sarah Mackey demonstrates a phone toy
Sarah Mackey demonstrates the contents of the Ready to Read home kit.

Sarah mackey of Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library gave an inspring program on the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s amazing early-literacy outreach program, the Ready to Read Corps. Their goal was to connect with the families whose children are most in need of early-literacy activities, and who are “off the grid” in terms of using library services. With a small grant-funded staff and giveaway early-literacy kits, they went to food pantries, social-services offices, and right into homes in their city’s poorest neighborhoods. By forming relationships, meeting parents and caregivers where they are, and customizing their service for each family, they have acheived impressively positive results that can truly change these children’s lives forever. I kind of want to cry right now, it’s that good.


  1. Dianna Burt

    Sarah Mackey from the Columbus Metropolitan Library shared some amazing stuff! I’m so energized from their ‘home literacy party’ idea! It’s taking our connections with our lost audience to a whole new level. I can’t wait to talk with our literacy committee at the Allen County (Fort Wayne, IN) Public Library about how we can take it to the next level!

  2. Sarah Mackey

    It was an amazing conference, and I was honored to participate. I have posted my presentation and handouts on the ALA Connect website under the 2012 ALSC National Institute community. Look for them there, if you are interested. Thank you for taking the time to view my presentation.



  3. Brenda Lloyd

    How can I find how to get involved in this program?

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