Weaving literacy opportunities into the community


One of the most innovative ways to bring literacy to the community is happening at ArteSana, an amazing organization in Holyoke, Mass. that is forging a compelling combination of arts, entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

Women from the community work together to create beautiful accent pillows with handwoven covers made from up-cycled T-shirts. (The Spanish word artesana means a female artisan, but arte and sana in Spanish also mean “art heals.”) From there, sales of pillows generate income for the women who produce the products – while also generating funding for ESOL classes offered for free to the people of Holyoke and surrounding towns. Read More »


Watch our 2016 Mass Literacy Champions in action

This year, Mass Literacy honored six exceptional Massachusetts literacy providers with Mass Literacy Champions awards. The awards program recognizes and supports outstanding literacy providers, their practices and their programs. Since 2003, 76 Mass Literacy Champions have received grants. See the amazing work of each of the 2016 Mass Literacy Champions below.


Family Literacy Month book list for all ages

Family Literacy Month Book List

Gone are the days when we thought of elementary school as the place where kids learn to read. While they may perfect the skill there, the groundwork is laid in the years before school. This is the basic idea of family literacy. What we do at home, in those formative years, creates the framework for our children’s future reading success.

As we learn more and more about the reading habit, we’re also discovering that it’s never too early to start. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reading to infants. And there’s no need to stop when kids can read on their own. Jim Trelease, author of the Read Aloud Handbook, suggests a whole range of reasons why you should keep the read-aloud habit going into middle school. So  check out some of these read-aloud superstars for all ages! Read More »


September 22 is National Dear Diary Day!

National Dear Diary Day

It’s not just little brothers who like to get a peek into someone’s diary. The diary can make compelling reading for anyone. And because September 22 is National Dear Diary Day, it’s a great time to give one a try. From the 17th century historical insights brought to us by the diary of Samuel Pepys to the true-to-life thoughts of young Anne Frank in the midst of the Holocaust, we see directly through another person’s eyes in a diary. Read More »