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40,000 Books for Kids In Syracuse

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“So many of our kids have access to books at the library, but rarely do they have a book of their own.  In many homes, a book would represent a real luxury item.” – Kevin Ahern, President, Syracuse Teacher’s Association With 85 percent of students in the school district eligible... Read more

Disney Imagicademy App Available for Free!

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Do you work with kids in need? We’ve got great news for you! Our friends at Disney recently launched an innovative learning experience that encourages kids to learn by interacting with their favorite Disney characters and stories – inspiring a lifelong love of learning and creativity. The app and tools... Read more

Books to Kids, One Cupcake At A Time

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Nicole, Ian, and Ashley from Blackboard Inc., were up to their elbows in books when they noticed some young, eager faces peeking through the windows of the school gym. “The kids wanted to know what was going on. They kept coming over to look at the books and asking if... Read more

Feeling at Home this Holiday

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Today’s guest blogger is Linette Claudio, Bilingual Coordinator at McAuliffe Elementary School in Chicago, IL. Remember a book character from your childhood that helped you through a time of growth and change? One that inspired you, helped you feel at home in our own skin and made you realize you... Read more

Thank You For The Books

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Throughout the year, we receive countless thank you notes from children across the country who receive books of their very own thanks to generous support from friends like you.  We hope you enjoy this note of thanks from Patricia, a student at Adrian Elementary in South Euclid, Ohio. On behalf... Read more

Meet the Reading Dogs

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Today’s guest blogger is Robyn Douglas from Down East Dog Scouts Troop 159 in Hancock County, ME. I want to tell you about Cirra. In her six years as a reading buddy, Cirra has given hundreds of books to kids. She’s helped dozens of children improve their reading and comprehension.... Read more

Four Ways to Encourage the Spirit of Giving

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The holidays are fast approaching.  You and your family can make them a bit brighter for kids in need. Choose from four great ways to get your family excited and engaged in helping others. 1.  Read eBooks for free as a family on For every book you read online,... Read more

First Book & UTR Keep Military Families Connected

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“When Rex is deployed there is a very large hole in our family dynamic.  He feels like by not being here and being able to do the things he usually does with the kids, he isn’t as connected to them.” Veronica and Rex Boblett have four children ages four to... Read more

Books for Kids in Ebola-Affected Liberia

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Since the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, schools across the region have closed — leaving children without access to traditional education opportunities and the moral support teachers provide during times of crisis. So when we received a call from our friends at the International Book Bank and the We Care... Read more