Needle and ThREAD

Stitching for Literacy Update

The Monday “What have you done lately?” accountability post, where I announce my program promotion goal for the week and fess up on last week’s goal.

Last week, my goal was to contact EGA and ANG about the Needle and Thread: Stitching for Literacy program and annual Bookmark Challenge.

Done. As of moments ago. No kidding. Y’all are my accountability tool, and I can’t do it without you. Did you know that just by reading this blog you’re helping me promote the Stitching for Literacy program? Surprise! I see you coming to read the blog (stats program), and that motivates me. (Thanks for that, by the way.)

So, I did it. I contacted EGA and ANG. Yay!

And that’s not all that happened in the past week. Turns out it was a big week.

First, Jen Robinson mentioned the program on her blog. Jen and her blog are in the thick of the super-active and far reaching Kidlitosphere. To have someone in that group help promote the program is a boon. Many thanks to Jen.

Next, an article about the program written by Margriet Ruurs was published in the Oct/Nov 2008 issue of Reading Today, a publication of the International Reading Association. The newspaper has 80,000 subscribers and is read by 150,000 librarians and teachers worldwide.

If you’d like to arrange a program in your area, now is a great time to contact your local library or school. Someone there might have read the article and be ready to discuss ideas.

paige-zoe.jpgPaige and Zoe live across the street. They’re spending a couple of days with me. Zoe’s never been keen on me when she sees me. She’s adjusted.

So what’s next?

This week I want to contact someone at the Children’s Book Council. I unilaterally attached the Bookmark Challenge to Children’s Book Week. It seemed like a good time to donate bookmarks to libraries. As far as I know, no one at the CBC knows about the program. I figure they should at least know. If they can help promote the Stitching for Literacy program, all the better, but as a nonprofit, they may be limited in what they can do. It doesn’t matter. I just want folks there to know we’re doing this, so this week I will try to figure out who to contact and then send that person a letter.

Who else should I be contacting? And what else can I be doing? Previous suggestions have been noted and are on the list.

Last year, someone suggested I contact Laura Bush because she’s a librarian and all that. Well, guess what, I did. I got a nice note from one of Mrs. Bush’s staff encouraging me to continue working locally to promote literacy.

Someone else suggested I contact Oprah. Uh-huh. Well, I did. Or…well…I sent communication in that direction; I’m fairly certain it never actually reached Oprah.

Seriously, folks. I’ll try just about anything. I always say, “What’s the point of dreaming small?” and I try to live accordingly. Bring on the ideas.

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  1. The article is a real feather in your cap! (Maybe a whole peacock). (Admit it, if that was a scene in a book you’d want description.) How very cool.