New York Daily News: Total Equity Now ‘Literacy Across Harlem’ book drive aims to spread word(s) to children in time for holidays

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EXCERPT: The love of literature that fueled the Harlem Renaissance and inspired great works of art in the 1920s and ’30s is alive and well and being recaptured as the first Literacy Across Harlem Holiday book drive gets under way. Customers in cafes, bakeries and bookstores, and visitors to three uptown community boards are being urged to donate new and “like-new” books that will be distributed as Christmas gifts to the neighborhood’s neediest kids and families.

Read more at NY Daily News.

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EXCERPT: “If we have a built-in day every single month when we and our neighbors are thinking about literacy, it’s a simple but symbolically powerful step that could build a critical mass,” said Rogers. The idea is that by seeing members of the community with books it will influence young people and adults about the importance of reading as well as normalize it as something that should be a part of everyone’s life.



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EXCERPT: Total Equity Now (TEN) is so serious about rebuilding Harlem’s culture of literacy that it has declared the first day of every month as Literacy Across Harlem Day, starting Sep. 1, 2012. This latest initiative springs from the success of TEN’s inaugural Literacy Across Harlem March this past July. During the march, participants donated new and gently used books to support and celebrate literacy.




Polite On Society: “Literacy Across Harlem Event Scheduled for This Saturday”

Marc Polite Blog re Literacy Across Harlem March (2012)

EXCERPT: Total Equity Now and the Harlem Book Fair are co-sponsoring the “Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Donation, and Community Celebration” on Saturday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. The goal of this event is four-fold: to get people excited about reading and writing, to collect books for the Harlem YMCA’s Literacy Zone learners, to unite Harlemites from east to west for a good cause, and to celebrate Harlem’s literary legacy.

Read more at Polite On Society.