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Donor Spotlight: Bonnie D.

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One of the truly special things about New Haven Reads is the group of remarkable individuals we are proud to call our sustaining donors. One of those individuals is Bonnie, who, despite moving to China, has kept up her commitment and is now one of NHR’s longest-running sustaining donors. We recently asked her some questions about her experience and why she contributes.

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Sustaining Donor

Every day, NHR’s staff and volunteers come together to create a community of skilled and confident readers. By becoming a sustaining donor and making an automatic, tax-deductible gift each month, you can support this work and our impact on hundreds of students, families, and greater New Haven community members.

You don’t have to take our word for it though! We recently surveyed some of our amazing sustaining donors, and they let us know some of their reasons for signing up to support New Haven Reads.

Watch NHR on NYBERG!

New Haven Reads had the opportunity to speak with Ann Nyberg from WTNH on her NYBERG show about our mission and our need for volunteers! Check it out and please share with someone who would be a great NHR tutor!

Celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2!

This Saturday is Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Check out this awesome slideshow featuring the ways we’ve celebrated over the years here at NHR! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! 

Check out our latest newsletter!

Our latest newsletter includes highlights from 2018, a volunteer spotlight, several event announcements, and more!

40 Must-Read Books for Black History Month

As promised in yesterday’s post, 30 Must-Read Children’s Books for Black History Month, we’re back with a list of recommended titles to read this February! Sorted by genre, this list is meant to be a beginner-friendly starting point to dive into black literature, history, or cultural commentary. Though you won’t find the Obamas or Ta-Nehisi Coates (two excellent but obvious choices) on this list, you’ll find classics and newer titles, and hopefully some authors you’ve never heard of.

30 Must-Read Children’s Books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and in that spirit, we’ve put together a list of some excellent children’s books celebrating African American culture and history. This list doesn’t even cover all of the resources we have at the tutoring sites, much less available in the literary world, so if you want even more recommendations, check out any the articles linked below, or talk to your Site Director! Happy reading! 

Top Books of 2018: ED Edition

This week we’re continuing our series higlighting some of NHR’s favorite books of 2018. Next up is our Executive Director, Kirsten!

Top Books of 2018: Volunteer Edition

This week we’re kicking off a series about some of NHR’s favorite books from 2018. We can’t do that without mentioning our volunteer book club, which read titles like Fahrenheit 451, The Other Wes Moore, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; but unsurprisingly, our volunteers are voracious readers, so one book club could never fill their reading lives. Volunteers from each of our tutoring locations told us about their three (or four, or…six) favorite books from last year’s reading.

Behind the Scenes: Outreach at NHR

Keri is the nearly-universal port into volunteering at NHR. During a typical day she responds to volunteer applications and processes paperwork in the morning. Then, in the afternoon she interviews potential volunteers – four to six a day during the busiest times of year! That may sound like a lot, but Keri says that meeting members of the community is her favorite part of the job.