March Madness: National Reading Month

Author: Nisha Patel 

From the NCAA's annual basketball tournament to the widespread celebration of St. Patrick's Day and even loss of an hour through Daylight Savings, the month of March truly brings with itself a sense of mania at all levels whether an event is month-long, a day long, or even an hour. In addition to this, March is also known as the national reading month, with March 2nd being the National Read Across America day. 

Although this declaration of March as "reading month" brings awareness to literacy issues, the scope of reading nonetheless applies beyond March. In fact, there is a nonprofit organization called Read Aloud 15 Minutes that works towards getting children to read for at least 15 minutes every day. By having children read for 15 minutes seems like a small step, but can be additive to ultimately culminate in having a huge impact on a child's life and development. Reading for 15 minutes every day for 5 years totals to 27,375 minutes, the equivalent of reading for 465.25 hours. In this way, 15 minutes of reading represents a small step that brings a kid one step closer to a brighter future full of opportunities. 

Thus, as you pick out a book to join in on the reading madness of March, please contribute to the fight for literacy! Whether you are able to donate books for our cause or read aloud to someone 15 minutes a day, you will be making a difference. 

For more information about Read Aloud 15 Minutes, check out this link

Giving Back

Author: Maya Eter

Hi guys! I was scrolling through Facebook a little while ago and came across this picture that someone had posted. I thought it would be a great picture to share with my BFB family because, in my opinion, giving back and lifting up is in essence what Books for a Benefit stands for. I know sometimes we all get caught up with homework and exams and essays and we forget to be thankful for where we are. Having the chance to attend a prestigious university with thousands of dedicated students and staff members is a privilege that many kids do not have, and the ability for us to get to college was not simply the result of one standardized test score or a GPA, but the resources we had growing up and the support we had from our families, friends, and peers throughout our lives. It is important for us to keep this in mind, to always be thankful for the chances we have been given, and to continue to work hard in the rest of our college careers. But, just like Denzel Washington said, at the end of the day it's not just our accomplishments that matter, it's what we decide to do with them and how we choose to give back. For a lot of us, Books for a Benefit is our way of giving back. We're giving students who don't always have the same resources and support that we had the chance to fall in love with reading and learning the same way that we all did, and this love for learning will steer them in the direction of a brighter and better future.

Hope everyone is having a great winter break and can't wait to see you all when winter semester starts up! + Happy [almost] New Year :)

What does literacy mean to you?

Author: Nisha Patel        

          We all read for different reasons. Some to escape from reality, some for entertainment, others to simply gain knowledge on a subject, the list goes on! Regardless of the reason and regardless of the genre, every book contributes to a child's development of literacy: the ability to read and write. These abilities ultimately give children the confidence they need to pursue and achieve their educational goals and dreams.

          This is essentially what literacy means to me. I believe that if a single book can have such a profound impact in a child's life, then each child should be able to have access to as many literacy resources as possible. Books for a Benefit aims to provide such access  to children here in Metropolitan Detroit, giving them the opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills for the future.

Quotes on Literacy
"Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive." - Jen Selinsky
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" - Dr. Seuss
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison
"A house without books is like a room without windows." - Horace Mann

      So we challenge you, reader: What does literacy mean to you? How can you help to bring about literacy in your community?