For a $25 donation to the Children’s Speech and Reading Center, you’ll get a link to CSRC's Talk with Tara. Learn more about our non-profit with special guest Tara Westover, 2018 New York Time’s Best Selling Author & one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2019, who will be joining for a Q&A session on her #1 book, Educated.
It doesn’t stop there though!
When you join the Literary League, you can fundraise through August 31st as an individual or as a team (like a book club!). Once you create a team, you and your group of friends will have a chance to win our grand prize.
The Grand Prize: Q&A session with #1 New York Times Best-Selling author, Tara Westover!
CSRC's Talk with Tara happens September 12th
It includes a short history of CSRC and the importance of education, along with a reading from Tara’s 2018 #1 best-seller, Educated. Tara Westover will answer a question apiece from our second and third place teams followed by a full Q&A discussion for our top fundraising team!
Book Clubs are Great
Book Clubs are an amazing way for readers to gather together to discuss characters, plotlines, and stories. They make us engage deeper with literature, give us reading accountability, and are great ways to socialize.
Many book clubs are also filled with caring individuals who want to see their local book community grow stronger and ensure future generations of readers.
The Literary League is a contest wherein individuals and book clubs compete to have a positive impact on childhood literacy by fundraising for the Children’s Speech and Reading Center.
This year’s Literary League comes with a very special grand prize: New York Times Best-selling Author of Educated, Tara Westover, answering your book club's questions! Tara’s best-selling memoir, Educated is a raw, emotional, and at times, heartbreaking account of Tara Westover's life, including the educational neglect she suffered at the hands of her parents. Her book speaks deeply on the importance of education.
Childhood Literacy is so Important
Only 1 in 300 low-income children own a book. By age 2, some children from low income families are already six months behind in their language development.
"The link between academic failure, delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure."
The Department of Justice states that 85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate and that 66% of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
Approximately 27% of third-grade students in Colorado fail to meet state reading standards. This translates to thousands of children being at risk of struggling or failing in school.
Our nation is facing a literacy crisis. You can help us fight it.
CSRC Builds Literacy
The Children's Speech and Reading Center’s mission is to enable children with speech-language and reading delays and disorders to communicate clearly and effectively so that they may reach their full academic, social and developmental potential. We pride ourselves in not turning away a child away based on their parent's ability to pay.
The CSRC is Northern Colorado's only 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on reading and speech-language therapy with these primary services:
Free screenings for all children for early literacy skills, speech and language disorders, and reading delays
Individual speech-language and reading therapy on a sliding scale fee structure that goes to zero so no child is ever turned away that needs our services
Free pre-literacy programs for children 4-5 years old that are determined to be delayed in their pre-literacy development
Community education program which includes speech, language and literacy development presentations, seminars and workshops for parents, expecting parents and childcare providers
Your Book Club Can Help
When you join the CSRC’s Literary League, you’re taking active steps for children’s futures. The Literary League is comprised of caring individuals in our community who want to give back and help childhood literacy flourish in Northern Colorado. Every dollar you fundraise will go towards the Children’s Speech and Reading Center to help fund our important work with kids and programs.
We’re fundraising until August 31st for the grand prize: Tara Westover, New York Times best-selling author of Educated, will join your book club for a meet and greet, to discuss all things literature!
Our Top 3 Fundraising Teams will get a chance to ask Tara, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2019, a question each personally. But if you don't make the Top 3, don't worry, everyone who fundraises $25 will be sent the link to Tara's Talk with CSRC!
Join the Literary League
The contest is open to any and all book-lovers who wish to fundraise for the Children’s Speech and Reading Center. Open to teams of 1+.
Inviting Authors, Libraries & Schools
Are you an author or know an author who would team up with CSRC to be featured in celebrations or grand prize events? Contact us to discuss ideas & options.
Are you a library looking for inspiration, fun events and competitions for you patrons? If we can provide additional materials or information regarding Literary League, please contact us.
Are you a school that wants to encourage your students to focus on literacy, help the community and potentially win prizes? If we can provide additional materials or information regarding Literary League, please contact us.