Our anniversary event was “One for the Books!”

Our New Haven Reads 20th anniversary celebration certainly was “One for the Books!”

We welcomed 250 attendees to Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue in New Haven and enjoyed dinner, drinks, and music by FaTE Band! It was a wonderful celebration of over twenty years of sharing the joy and power of reading. We have now served over 7,000 students and distributed over 2.5 million books since we began as a community book bank!

Our program included celebrating our Literacy Champion Honorees; Margie Gillis of Literacy How, Kim Healey, retired Executive Director of NewAlliance Foundation, and Senator Gary Winfield for their contributions to literacy at state and national levels.

Our Literacy Heroes were also honored for their partnership with New Haven Reads and their contributions to literacy in Greater New Haven. These honorees included: Yale University, The Study at Yale, Cindy Kissin, Claire Criscuolo, East Rock Magnet School, Seedlings Foundation, and the staff, Board, and volunteers.

We also heard from our first ever tutoring student, Josh Barber who appears in our anniversary video (watch it here!) 

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event. We are so grateful for all our sponsors and community partners who made this event such a success. Check out our program here.

Want to read about the New Haven Independent’s coverage of the event? Check it out here.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!



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