Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Need Summer Reading Suggestions?

Find the right SciFi/Fantasy books for you with NPR's super cool interactive infographic. The chart ask questions about what you like to read in order to find new suggestions for seasoned and new SciFi/Fantasy readers alike. Plus it's funny.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Five Reasons Why a Program should Register with First Book

One of our main goals this year is to increase our level of involvement in the community, and one way we can do that is by reaching out to and registering more recipient groups. That means more books in the hands of our community's children! Here are 5 reasons why your organization should register:
  1. First Book provides high-quality brand new books—over 2,000 titles—at affordable prices to registered programs. Shopping on the First Book Marketplace helps programs on a budget get the books they need for their kids without having to sacrifice quality.
  2. First Book books are available year-round to programs that are registered. Programs don’t need to wait for a grant to get low-cost books. The Denver - Metro board can help you gain access to quality books at low prices whenever you need them.
  3. First Book is a great source of support for programs on a budget. By using the First Book Marketplace and saving up to 90% off retail prices, you will get more bang for your buck, ultimately getting more books to your kids.
  4. Programs will be eligible for FREE BOOKS (even without an Advisory Board grant!). All registered groups can apply to receive free books from the First Book National Book Bank. You will receive email alerts when an application for a new book distribution opens up, as well as alerts for our frequent special offers.
  5. We are all soldiers in the same army. Teachers and program leaders, Advisory Boards, and First Book, are all out there supporting the same cause: making sure children in underserved communities have the opportunity to succeed.  Every child has the ability to learn to read, but not every child has the books to get them there. Together, we can make sure all children get the books they need to succeed.
Visit our registration page to get more information and complete the short registration process or email our local board with questions.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Our first grant submission!

Today we submitted for our first grant opportunity!! The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering $4,000 Youth Literacy Grants to programs that are:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

This money would enable First Book-Denver Metro to grant local organizations 1,600 brand new books to distribute to economically disadvantaged children enrolled in their programs. As each child receives 6 books over the course of several months, this would help approximately 266 children.

We are so excited and grateful for this opportunity! The recipients will be announced in August, so we'll keep you posted.

We're back!

After a brief break, the Denver Metro board is back in business. We are excited to get things rolling this summer. Please like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter to stay updated!