Creating Young Readers Pre-school program was started in 2006 and allows volunteers the opportunity to work with children ages 3, 4 and 5 who are at risk of falling behind in emergent literacy skills. Above all is sharing the joy of books with children who might not otherwise experience reading with a caring adult.

Creating Young Readers-Elementary School program provides children in grades K-2nd grade with volunteer “Reader Friends” who work with them one-to-one to increase early literacy skills necessary to experience success in the classroom. Additionally, this program includes book distribution, parent advocacy, and information to engage parents with their children in at home reading time.

Real Men READ-y (a partnership with Read for Literacy, The Toledo Lucas County Public Library, United Way of Greater Toledo-African American Leadership Council and Toledo Public Schools. This program matches African American men with African American male students as MENtors.

If you would like to discuss having our program in your school, please contact Diana Bush at 419-242-7323 ext. 10

If you would like to volunteer, please use the Connect to us Tool Bar and click on Creating Young Readers a representative from our staff will respond to you.



“The goal to help one child read better.” – S.H.

“I enjoy the interaction with the children and I believe that we have the opportunity to impact their education and learning potential. That’s really priceless.” – C.T.

“I love the ability and opportunity to engage the preschoolers in my love of reading. Their involvement and interests in the stories, songs, and finger plays are evident through their excitement and participation.” – M.M.

“Seeing the growth in the children and exposing them to good literature.” – K.S.

“Seeing the same kids every week; noticing how eager they are to read or be read to; recognizing how bright they are – that they think.” – A.L.W.

“Oh, the children growing and learning! They change so quickly and they share wonderful  energy and delight.” – P.Y.

“I can see the kids making progress and they are obviously pleased to be in the program. As time goes by they feel so much more confident and comfortable with me.” – B.B.