Summer Reading 2008

What is Readers to the Rescue?
Readers to the Rescue is an altruistic incentive-based program that encourages children to read to support a cause in their local community.

What is the 2008 cause?
This year, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library has partnered with The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama to support local conservation efforts. Hence, the theme: It’s Easy To Be Green! As children read, our sponsors will donate resources to The Land Trust for conservation of green space.

How does this help literacy?
Because participants are reading to help others, the pressure is off! They can read any books they love without worrying about reading levels, point systems, or tests. Studies have shown the public library contributes more to the intellectual growth of children during the summer than any other institution or organization (including schools).

Is it successful?
2007 was the first year the Huntsville Madison County Public Library hosted the Readers to the Rescue program.

  • 5,010 children signed up to participate.
  • 20,284 readers attended educational library programs.
  • 3 tons of pet food were donated to local animal charity Forgotten Felines.
  • $500 in books were donated to local literacy organization, the Therapy Partners.
  • $500 was raised to purchase a cow for a third world village through the charity Heifer International.

Yes, Readers to the Rescue is very successful in establishing literacy and promoting community altruism.

Sponsor Recognition:
Sponsor logos are proudly displayed on the Summer Reading/Readers to the Rescue newspaper, the library website, and other promotional material. All Sponsor donations are tax deductible!

Summer Reading Program facts:
The amount of time children spend reading in programs like Readers to the Rescue is linked with gains in reading achievement. Numerous studies show that access to library books is directly related to higher reading achievement. Children who attend library summer reading programs read significantly better than children who attend a camp program.

How is sponsor money spent?
Money from Readers to the Rescue sponsors is used solely on the Readers to the Rescue program. This includes:

  • Providing quality educational library programs.
  • Supporting conservation efforts of The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama.
  • Creating learning environments at library locations
  • Promoting the Readers to the Rescue program
  • Providing books and materials about conservation, nature, and the environment to the library

How can I become a Sponsor of Readers to the Rescue?
It’s easy! Simply contact: Lexie Robinson Youth Services Coordinator (256)532-5962 LRobinson [at] hmcpl [dot] org