February 2024 newsletter

You're Invited, black history month and more!

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You’re Invited!

Please join us for our annual A Taste for Reading Luncheon on May 2 at the Four Seasons Seattle! You can find information about the event here.

Interested in attending and bringing some friends? Sign up to be a table captain!

Can’t attend the luncheon but still want to show your support? Click here to make a donation to give a kid in need the chance to read!

Thank you to The Sunstone Project and The Penny Project Foundation!

We are so excited to announce that, with the generous grant from The Sunstone Project and their parent foundation, Penny Project Foundation, we will be able to purchase 300 books in various world languages and over 1,700 books featuring diverse characters to represent all of our students. These books will help support all of our programs, but specifically our Story Leaders program by providing more families the opportunity to participate in their home languages. It will also give kids more diverse and representative options to choose from when making their Book Up Summer selections.

Sunstone Project founders Gray Triandiflou (left) and Danielle Lucido at the Page Ahead office dropping off new books. 

Celebrating Black History Month with books

February was Black History Month, and in honor of it, we encourage you and your young readers to read books that celebrate Black joy and achievement! There are so many great stories to choose from, for all ages, that amplify and highlight the Black experience. This year’s Caldecott Award-winning book Big, by Vashti Harrison is a great example. It’s a beautifully illustrated story that follows a young Black girl on her journey of self-acceptance as she struggles with comments on her body size. 

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association has released a booklist highlighting the best books of 2023 for readers K-8.

For ideas of stories to share with young readers in your life, browse this list of books that have been popular at our book fairs and in our programs featuring Black characters, both real and imagined.

Books are a powerful medium of representation and we hope that you and your loved ones can celebrate Black History Month through reading together. 

Left Coast Crime 2024 – Volunteers Wanted

Page Ahead is honored to be named the designated charity of the 2024 Left Coast Crime conference. We are looking for volunteers to help staff a table on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 to give attendees a better idea about what Page Ahead does! Can you help?  Sign up today! The conference will also be hosting an auction as their main fundraiser. If you have access to any local goods (art, books, coffee, etc.) that you would like to donate to the auction to help raise more money for Page Ahead please let us know!

Staff are reading…

Our Literacy Programs Manager, Lisa, is currently reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. An action-packed sci-fi book for the YA audience, this book is a great read! Set in the year 2575, two teenagers are thrust into survival mode when their planet is attacked. If you enjoy space adventures with plagues and rogue AI, this a book to add to your list.

Get to know the newest member of Page Ahead!

Hi, I’m Laura! I spent the last two and a half years in the mental health sector, working with those with eating disorders primarily. I’ve always had a strong passion to work in fields that mean something to me personally—where I can connect with the population served on a deeper level. I grew up in West Seattle and have been SO fortunate to receive educational support from local organizations throughout my childhood, specifically with Rainier Scholars and even Page Ahead! Because of this support, I’ve always been driven to help kids reach milestones in reading and all of their educational goals. In elementary school, I participated in Page Ahead’s Books for Kids program! I’ve always loved reading from an early age and through Books for Kids, I actually got to own a copy of my favorite book, “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and my mom jokes that the hardest part of raising me was the sheer number of hours we spent in the library each week. I’m overjoyed with the ability to help foster the same joy in reading, that I’ve had my whole life, for the next generation of readers.

I’ve joined Page Ahead as the Community Outreach Specialist and much of my work will be helping volunteers and supporters, so you might start seeing emails from me (if you haven’t already)! Next time you’re at Page Ahead, please pop into my office to say hello!

I’m so excited to work with everyone going forward!!

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