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Our Mission

Founded to share the joy and power of reading, New Haven Reads partners with the community to provide free 1-on-1 tutoring, educational family support, and a book bank to empower aspiring readers to master the literacy skills needed to thrive in school and life.

Our Vision

Working together to create a more just community, where all children can achieve lifelong success through the power of reading.

Our Values

Our Impact

Since New Haven Reads was founded in 2001, we have supported more than 4,500 students and distributed over 2.2 million books back into the community, thanks to the help of over 3,500 volunteers.

Today, the one-on-one tutoring program serves over 283 children in-person and online every week at four New Haven locations, our Book Bank distributed approximately 102,000 free books this past year, and our Pre-K/Kindergarten online program serves 7 children every week. With our dedicated, professional staff and the commitment of over 225 volunteers, our free literacy programs support families in need and create skilled and confident readers.

Through the incredible power of literacy, New Haven Reads transforms the lives of children, their families, and the communities in which they live.

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Our Story

New Haven Reads began in 2001 when our founder, Christine Alexander, ran a yearlong citywide literacy initiative at the request of New Haven’s mayor. Click through the slideshow below to learn about our growth and some of our milestones throughout the years!

  • Three children read at New Haven Free Public Library Stetson branch
    2001: When asked to run the New Haven Reads initiative, Chris took the ball and ran with it.