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Unite for Literacy is a “Social” Enterprise

Here at Unite for Literacy we are constantly being asked the following question, ‘Hey, you folks have created a library of free books for people all over the world who are learning to read. So, you’re a non-profit, right?” Well, actually, no. In fact, we are what is called a “social enterprise.” A social enterprise is an organization that […]

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There’s Nothing Quite Like it!

November is Picture Book Month! These familiar kinds of declarations are about often subtle, but uniquely important things in a culture, like religious holidays, family celebrations and community traditions. Each one declares that for this community, it’s unique… there’s nothing quite like it. It should be no surprise that here at Unite for Literacy we […]

Violet is at it again!!

Happy Halloween from your friends at Unite for Literacy!

Violet is our unofficial mascot here at Unite for Literacy. Her popularity as the featured “character” of many of our math oriented picture books for young children is nearly legendary. Typically she is involved with basic arithmetic and categorizations, and if those books include food (and they always do), Violet always seems to get confused […]

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Checking Out Checking Out

  Think of all the places you can Check Out. Hotels, Hospitals, Grocery stores, and of course Libraries. Think of all the ways you can Check something Out. “Check out that hairdo over there!” “Sorry, could you repeat that, I must have checked out for a sec.” “Everything checks out, it’s good to go.” “Did […]

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She HATES Reading.

  Hates reading. To an avid reader like me that assertion sounds like she hates living, or hates vacations, or hates spending time with close friends. How is it that a Freshman in college, after 13 years of reputedly solid public schooling hates reading? It’s worth thinking about. If I were going to bring somebody […]

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It’s Screen Time!

It’s common for a new term to take awhile to be refined until it actually means what we need it to mean. For example, we don’t hear about young children’s “screen time” in positive contexts these days. That is because Screen Time is a very broad brush that includes TV as baby sitter, violent video […]

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Yesterday was World Literacy Day!

Literacy is always and only about sharing. Sometimes that sharing is between author and reader, between co-authors or among readers, sometimes even between self and future self. So, just to be clear here, there really isn’t “world literacy” without pencils and paper and books in ALL people’s hands. Prior to that happy day, World Literacy […]

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When is Free, Really Free?

The New West Fest was this last weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado. It featured day-to-night non-stop stage bands on several different venues, lots of food choices, virtually NONE of which were good for me, and an entire section for children, away from the music noise and hubbub. Unite for Literacy had a small shade-tent set […]

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Interview with Unite for Literacy – KRFC-FM Radio, August 8, 2013

Hear the Unite for Literacy CEO Michael McGuffee and our own best Literacy Advocate Amy Hoeven share the story behind Unite for Literacy and its ambitious, BUT REACHABLE goal for providing books to children everywhere, for free, forever.  Click below to enjoy this five minute interview. Radio Interview  

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