Camille McPherson: Reading Changes Everything

“This has been amazing. It was a blessing,” Camille says about her experience with Literacy Partners. Camille came to New York with her family from the Caribbean. After seeing a… Read more »

Greenlight Book Drive: Celebrating Diverse Literature

In honor of Black History Month, we’re partnering with Greenlight Bookstore for the month of February to bring diverse books to our students and their families. Our Books of Their Own program ensures… Read more »

Jake Dester: Musician, Composer, Donor, Volunteer

Jake Dester and his partner, Sydney McNulty, first donated to Literacy Partners after moving to New York City in 2016 to pursue their music careers. Their love of reading and… Read more »

Join Courtney on Team Literacy Partners

Literacy Partners is one of the non-profit organizations chosen to participate in a holiday challenge by Newman’s Own Foundation. It’s easy – all you have to do is set up… Read more »

Tune in to American Graduate Day!

Literacy Partners is proud to announce that we will be featured on American Graduate Day, a live television broadcast dedicated to engaging the nation around education and mentorship. This year,… Read more »

Banned Books Week: The Great Gatsby

In our final Banned Books Week post, Matthew discusses the importance of The Great Gatsby and its take on the 1920’s. Matthew Sivo, Communications Intern The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald… Read more »

Banned Books Week: Siddhartha

Katie’s pick for Banned Books Week is Siddhartha, a novel about self-discovery with many great takeaways for the reader. Katie Ly, Special Projects Manager Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Why was this book… Read more »

Banned Books Week: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

What is a banned book that has left an impression on you over the years? In today’s Banned Books Week post, Gohar discusses the influence of The Perks of Being a… Read more »

Banned Books Week: To Kill a Mockingbird

In today’s post for Banned Books Week, Emily discusses her love for To Kill a Mockingbird and how it influenced her personal beliefs and career. Emily Harting, Director of Development and Communications… Read more »

Banned Books Week: Eleanor & Park

This week marks Banned Books Week, which celebrates everyone’s right to read. This year’s theme stresses the importance of the First Amendment and our right to read in the ongoing… Read more »

2017 TCS NYC Marathon: Meet Our Team!

On November 5, a passionate group of runners will participate in the TCS NYC Marathon, the most popular marathon in the world. Literacy Partners is proud of our team, who… Read more »

Staff Profile: Meet Katie Ly, Special Projects Manager

      “Working with Books of Their Own and our teachers and students has further solidified for me that literacy is a basic human right.” Growing up, Katie made… Read more »

Our Students: Becoming Better Readers and Leaders

“[I’m proud of] the progress that I’ve made. When I arrived here [in this country nine months ago] I didn’t understand anything. Now I can help my child. We came… Read more »

Books of Their Own: 2017 Spring Distribution

“My daughter loves books. She always wants more more more!” –Literacy Partners Student, Bronx This month, Literacy Partners answered the need for more books by providing more than 800 books to our… Read more »

2017 Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance

On Wednesday, May 24, Literacy Partners held its annual Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance and raised nearly $1 million toward literacy, language, and high school equivalency classes throughout New… Read more »

2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour: We Love Our Team!

On Sunday, May 7, our 11-person Bike for Books team biked 40 miles (!) throughout all five boroughs of New York City as part of the 2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Braving… Read more »

2017 TD Five Boro Bike Tour: Meet Our Riders!

On May 7, a group of avid cyclists will have an amazing opportunity to ride through New York City traffic-free, traversing the the FDR, the BQE, and the Verrazano Bridge… Read more »

Marchette, Jackie, and the 30-Year Quest

On a warm summer night last year, 50-year-old Marchette Hellams went online to check her score on the high school equivalency exam she had taken a few weeks earlier. She… Read more »

Meet Lesley Stahl: Lifelong Reader and Literacy Partners Supporter

Lesley Stahl, one of America’s most accomplished journalists, is celebrating 26 seasons with 60 Minutes. She has supported Literacy Partners yearly since attending our gala in 2001. Lesley Stahl tells… Read more »

HarperCollins Donates 600 Books to Our Students

What do Runaway Bunny, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Giving Tree have in common? Sure, these beloved classic children’s books have ushered millions of children into blissful sleep… Read more »