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What’s Happening

Dear Grade Level Reading Coalition:

I hope everyone is having a great summer (and is staying cool in this heat). The search for a new Program Director for the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading is well underway. We have had a good response to-date from a strong pool of candidates. While initial interviews are underway, we are still accepting applications, so please continue to share the job description with your networks. We will keep you updated on our progress.

During this time, the work is still moving forward. I am pleased to share that we are now accepting additional applications for Little Free Libraries to be installed this fall and are partnering with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore City Public Schools to promote summer reading. You can learn more about these initiatives in this newsletter.

Roger Schulman
CEO & President, Fund For Educational Excellence

Apply for a Little Free Library

Lexington Market
We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting additional applications for community leaders to host Little Free Libraries to be installed this fall. Little Free Libraries are places where anyone can come at anytime to “take or a leave a book” with the goal of encouraging daily reading. Currently the Campaign has provided over 20 Little Free Libraries to communities throughout Baltimore City with over 8,000 books distributed thus far.

Please forward the application to community leaders that you think would benefit from having a Little Free Library in their neighborhoods and who will serve as good partners for the Campaign. We are looking for community leaders who share the Coalition’s goal of promoting literacy and reading every day with Baltimore City families.

We currently have partnerships with a range of community leaders such as churches, public housing, public agencies and schools and would like to continue to encourage a diverse set of applicants.

Applications are due by midnight on August 8th, 2016. We will choose up to 10 communities to receive a Little Free Library in early fall.

The Little Free Library Project is a partnership between the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and local community organizations to provide up to 35 Little Free Libraries throughout the city to encourage daily reading, increase access to books and foster community engagement around reading.

For questions, please email Carrie at

Kick Off For Little Free Library Project at Lexington Market

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On Thursday, July 14th, the Campaign and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake hosted a Launch Party for the Little Free Library Project at Lexington Market as part of National Summer Learning Day. Over 25 community, business and civic leaders attended the event, which included a short presentation and activities for children. You can see more pictures from the event here.

To see a list of current Little Free Library locations or get more information,click here.

Help Promote Summer Reading

As a way to combat summer learning loss, the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Baltimore City Public Schools and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are once again working together to increase participation in the Pratt Summer Reading Program. The Pratt Summer Reading Program runs from June 15th- August 10th and gives kids prizes for reading daily.

In order to encourage participation, we’re offering a prize to the schools that increase participation in the Pratt Program the most from last year:

  • The elementary school that shows the biggest increase in participation in the Pratt Program will win $1,000 for their school budget and a hero party
  • The 2nd place school will win $500
  • The 3rd place school will receive $250

The schools in the lead at this point in the summer are:

  1. Maree Farring Elementary
  2. Cross Country Elementary/ Middle
  3. Armistead Gardens Elementary/ Middle

There’s still time to catch up. Stay tuned about who’s in the lead on the Campaign’s Facebook and help spread the word about Summer Reading at the Pratt. You can share this flyer or use this marketing tool kit to post to social media about summer reading. If you would like to request a print version of the flyers to distribute, please email

Coalition Updates

As a way to stay connected, we include Coalition needs in our monthly newsletter. Please email Carrie Finkelstein if there is a need or announcement you would like the Coalition to know about at

  • Check out funding opportunities from the Family League of Baltimore and Office of the Mayor for New Out-of-School Time Programs for Baltimore Youth.
  • Children ages 0-5 can receive a FREE book in the mail each month by signing up for the Governor’s Young Reader’s Initiative. Sign up here.
  • Join the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) on Tuesday, August 9th from 3pm-4:30pm for a presentation of new research from the Baltimore Education Research Consortium on child readiness for kindergarten. Sign up here.
  • Find summer activities, free meal sites and more on the B’more Super Summer Website.
  • Gold Apple Services is looking for partners to promote adult literacy week. For more information, contact Cynthia Campbell at
  • The National Conference on Summer and Afterschool Learning will be held in Seattle from October 24th- 26th. Learn more here