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From Laos to Lockheed

During National Aerospace Week, First Book is sharing stories about science and engineering from some of our friends at Lockheed Martin, sponsors of First Book’s Springboard to STEM program. Today’s guest blogger is Lonnie Dong, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. My parents, with six children, emigrated from… Read More
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Airplanes, Space Shuttles, Drones…Oh My!

During National Aerospace Week, First Book is sharing stories about science and engineering from some of our friends at Lockheed Martin, sponsors of First Book’s Springboard to STEM program. Today’s guest blogger is Ray Burick, Vice President of P-3 Programs and Greenville Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.  Airplanes. Read More
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Cambria Wines Fights Illiteracy

Today’s blog post comes from Katie Jackson of Cambria Estate Winery in Santa Maria, CA. Katie’s family started Cambria in northern Santa Barbara County 1986, and they are very excited to be one of First Book’s partners in promoting literacy this September and October!… Read More
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Feel Great, Do Good

The goal of any great bedtime story is to inspire sweet dreams. Unfortunately, millions of children never have the opportunity to enjoy a bedtime story because they don’t have books to call their own. First Book and our… Read More
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Sign Up to Get Books for Your Students!

It’s Back to School Week! If you know of any programs or schools that serve children in need, tell them to sign up with First Book. Eligible programs receive access to the First Book Marketplace, offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices. Read More
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It’s Back to School Week!

We had an awesome summer and we hope you did too! The highlight of our summer was our record-breaking distribution of two million books throughout the country in preparation for the new school year. Two million books sounds like a huge number, and it is, but there are millions of… Read More
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Shop at dd’s DISCOUNTS & Donate to First Book

Today’s guest blog post is from Julia Falkenstern, a Strategic Alliances coordinator at First Book. Julia works with First Book’s corporate partners to ensure that children from low-income families throughout the country have the opportunity to own new books. This past Saturday marked the kickoff of the third annual dd’s DISCOUNTS… Read More
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First Book: My Full Circle Experience

Today's guest blog post is brought to you by Betty Tam. Betty has served as an intern for First Book over this summer. She is a Senior at the University of Connecticut and share our passion for childhood literacy issues. Last Wednesday I ventured with First Book’s Senior Director of National Engagement, Mitali Chakraborty to meet Lynsey Jeffries, the Executive Director of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP), which serves children in need throughout DC. As we entered the HAP office I began to reminisce about the amazing time that I had spent with HAP.     My first encounter with HAP occurred in the summer of 2000. My mother had enrolled my sister and me into the program hoping that we would be able to continue learning throughout the summer. With the help of HAP, my sister and I had access to more resources that supported our academic enrichment. Today, I am not only an intern at First Book, but also a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in business. My sister is a junior studying Chemistry at Wellesley College. To this day, HAP still offers after school and summer programs in multiple wards in DC for children from the fifth to eighth grade. The program is open for 650 hours year round to help their students excel. Many students significantly increase their grade point averages and 93% of HAP’s students go on to attend college. When I heard about the opportunity to meet up with leaders at HAP to share information about First Book, I was thrilled! My internship at First Book has made me realize how many children have limited access to books. Although I had been fortunate enough to live close to a library, some kids are not fortunate enough to have access to books. Read More
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First Book Friday: Making It Happen in Milwaukee

Today's blog post comes from Gina Rullo. Gina has been an employee of First Book since October 2010 and is a Recipient Group Coordinator on the Help Team. She is from the Albany, NY area and moved to Washington, DC in October. She always enjoys a good laugh and feels very passionate about the mission of First Book. When I recently found out that I would be going on my first ever National Book Bank Distribution, I was ecstatic. I was told I would be traveling to Milwaukee the week of July 18th, with a dynamic team that would include colleagues, Katie Nierbasch, Rachael Voorhees and Susanne Sparks.  Rachael Voorhees, Gina Rullo, Katie Nierbasch, Before I knew it, we were on an early Monday morning flight bound for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No time was wasted as we literally stepped off the plane and headed straight to the NewThreads of Hope warehouse in Wauwatosa, almost forgetting to claim our checked bags. The President of NewThreads of Hope, Dennis Brand, gave us a tour of the warehouse upon our arrival.  He showed us an air conditioned room to eat our lunches -this didn’t seem so bad! Read More
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Call for Bloggers!

Passionate about literacy? Want to discuss your thoughts on literacy issues? Have literacy tips that you want to share? We want you! The First Book Blog is always interested in featuring fresh and exciting new voices… Read More