Meet Our Inaugural Read in Color Cohort, Fall 2023

By Sarah Nelson

After several months of development and planning, the Read in Color program is gearing up for an exciting new wave of activity! We will be kicking off our first cohort cycle this month. Read on to meet the organizations bringing Read in Color to their communities as part of our fall cohort.

904WARD is a nonprofit based in Jacksonville, FL, whose mission is to create racial healing and equity through deep conversations and learning, trusting relationships, and collective action. At 904WARD, we believe that people are more likely to understand the experiences of others when they have exposure to the experiences of others. Books introduce people to other cultures, identities, lifestyles, beliefs, and ways of thinking. We want to ensure that people across the greater Jacksonville region and across the state of Florida have access to diverse stories and opportunities to learn more about race, culture, and history. We also think it is crucial that our children also have access to stories that expose them to other experiences and also allow them to see themselves in literature.”

Bookworm Gardens is a nonprofit botanic garden inspired by children’s literature and located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Our mission is to inspire the love of books and nature in the young and young at heart. There are 75+ books represented in the Gardens, each with a corresponding laminated book to read and enjoy. We offer experiences for general admission to explore the grounds as well as special events, summer camps, classes, field trips, and a nature preschool. At Bookworm, we believe that diverse books, like diverse ecosystems, lead to a better understanding of the world around us, and we are excited to participate in the Read in Color program!”

“The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools is dedicated to building and providing resources to support improved educational outcomes for our community in order to contribute to a brighter future in which all students, educators, and schools have the resources needed for success. We serve the 22nd largest school system in the nation with over 111,000 students, over 21,000 employees, and 176 schools, centers, and programs. We are excited to partner with the Little Free Library organization to distribute books to our community members that provide perspectives on racism and social justice; celebrate BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices; and incorporate experiences from all identities for readers.”

Learn more about Read in Color, and see where we’ve placed Little Free Libraries through the program in the past. Donate today! When you donate, you help us provide libraries to communities like these.

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