Thank you Folio: for celebrating our magazine literacy work

Folio Top 40We are so honored and thankful to Folio: magazine for recognizing our global literacy project in their Top 40 list this year.  Our work is made possible by the generous support and active involvement of publishers and every type of magazine industry stakeholder throughout the entire magazine supply chain, from printers to consumers.

There is a role for everyone to play in changing the world – one magazine at a time.  Become part of our story!

We love magazines for literacy!

Changing the world - one magazine at a time.

Our mission and passion is to build an enormous literacy pipeline and to challenge the citizens of the world to fill it with magazines.


MagazineLiteracy.org is the first and only global, magazine industry-wide literacy campaign.

Support our mission to get new and recycled magazines into the hands, homes, and hearts of at-risk children and families so they can learn and love to read.

Incubating magazine literacy at Bendyworks

Bendyworks incubates magazine literacy

Bendyworks incubates magazine literacy

We’ve just moved in to a fabulous incubation space at Bendyworks, an agile technology juggernaut in Madison, WI.

The move empowers MagazineLiteracy.org to tap the enormous spirit of the Madison community to assemble a team charged to grow and improve our operations and service to hundreds of grassroots volunteers on the ground in communities across the U.S.  Meeting literacy needs at the community level with all-volunteer teams is and always will be our bedrock – but these literacy champions need support to learn and to grow so they and we can meet our full literacy promise.

The collaborative space at Bendyworks allows us to be nimble and to keep operations modest and highly leveraged, while fostering our strength and continuity.  We’ve already kicked off 2013 with an incredible team of interns from the nearby University of Wisconsin and now, thanks to the Bendyworks’ co-working space, we are embedded in the rich, cultural, and technological vibe of the Madison community – ready to serve magazine literacy needs from coast to coast.

Today, creative/technical workers can literally live and work anywhere. A large number of folks choose to work in Madison and either freelance or work remotely for companies on the east or west coast. Bendyworks’ dedicated desk co-working gives them the opportunity to talk and interact with humans rather than just their cats.

- Jim Remsik, Bendyworks

Onward!

Use this note to harvest magazines for literacy from your friends and peers…

This brief email or social media note can be used to collect magazines for literacy.  Send it to your coworkers, fellow students, neighbors, friends and family.  Contact us to learn how to bundle the magazines for literacy programs:

Magazine Harvest…

I’d love to collect your “gently” read magazines and recycle them to at-risk kids, teens, and families.  The magazines can be dropped [fill in a location here… for example, “on or near my desk.”]  Any types of magazines are valuable.

They should be “good” or “very good” condition.  Very good is like new.  Good means no torn or cut covers or pages, not water or moisture damage, etc.
 I”ll remove paper or obscure ink mailing labels with a permanent marker (or you can do that too) to protect privacy and then I’ll cover the spot with a new “gift” label – rather than cutting or tearing the labels off.
The magazines will provide to MagazineLiteracy.org, which which focuses on meeting the literacy needs of at-risk kids, teens, adults, and families served by:
  • homeless shelters
  • homeless student programs
  • food pantries
  • domestic violence shelters
  • mentoring programs
  • job training programs
  • foster care
Thank you for being a Magazine Literacy Champion!

Literacy takes flight in New Jersey with Boy Scout Eagle Project

Eagle ProjectSurya has been organizing a very successful Magazine Harvest as his Boy Scout Eagle Project in New Jersey – collecting over 1,200 magazines for new readers.  The magazines are being sorted, labeled, and bundled in USPS flat rate boxes for  delivery to new readers.  Surya and his team are creating a list of the magazines in each bundle, which are organized by topic for easy selection by literacy programs.

Magazine Bundles for New Readers

Magazine Bundles for New Readers

Magazines from dentists make new readers smile

Highlights for ChildrenMy lifelong love for magazines started with reading Highlights at the dentist office – and I know I’m not alone in that experience. To this day, I can’t pass a Highlights without picking it up to look for hidden pictures.  So reading magazines in the dentist office is the seed that grew to become MagazineLiteracy.org and dentists continue to receive and share so many wonderful magazines in their waiting areas with their patients.  Let’s tap this enormous potential – putting a smile on the face of new readers, while your dentist brightens yours.

Organized literacy efforts among health professionals are not unprecedented. For example, Reach out and Read is an amazing program empowered by pediatric physicians.  Dental offices receive many wonderful magazines each month to share with readers in their waiting rooms and cycle through them as new issues come in.  We know from working with many dentist that they love the idea of giving the magazines a new life by sending them to our literacy programs.

Whether you are a dentist or a patient – contact us to help grow our “Make Readers Smile” project.   Every dentist can participate – strengthening the breadth and depth of our magazine literacy supply chain. In addition to supplying their own magazines, the visibility can encourage patients to be involved too – perhaps by recycling their own magazines to new readers and volunteering to build up our local literacy teams.

I’m smiling already!

Harvest magazines at work to recycle to new readers

Office Magazine Harvest

Office Magazine Harvest

Here’s a sample email you can send to your colleagues to collect and recycle magazines to new readers.  Pack and ship clean, gently read magazines with no torn or cut covers or pages to us and we’ll deliver them to kids and families in shelters and other literacy programs.  It feels good to share the magazines you love and they are very much appreciated and enjoyed.  Carefully remove paper and mark out ink mailing labels, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Magazines are great – we love to get them and read them.  Please join me in recycling “gently read” magazines to new readers – homeless families… moms and kids in domestic violence shelters… via food pantries… etc.

I’ve set up a collection box for any magazines you’d like to share.  Don’t worry about mailing labels – I’ll remove or mark them out with a permanent marker, and MagazineLiteracy.org will cover up the spot with a fresh “gift” label.

Any magazines that a child or adult would enjoy are needed – as long as they are clean with no torn or cut covers or pages, or water or moisture damage.

Thanks for helping to feed families hungry to read.