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12.19.2016

How getting your Elf on the Shelf a library card can help children to love reading

Elf on the Shelf library card

By now you’ve probably heard of The Elf on the Shelf – a book and toy combination that has become a Christmas tradition for many families. Each morning when children wake up during the holiday season, their “scout elf” is hiding in a new place in their home to report their behavior back to Santa.

What if you were able to take a week off from creating new places for your elf to hide, and instead use the elf as an opportunity to promote literacy in your home? Read More »

12.6.2016

Weaving literacy opportunities into the community

Artesana

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 »

11.10.2016

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.