An initiative of the mayor's office on education, PHILADELPHIA READS is a non-profit organization in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia and The School District of Philadelphia. We envision a city where our children are equipped to independently read on grade level by the end of their third grade year. Currently, about 33% of America's fourth graders are reading at or below the "basic" proficiency level. Literacy research reports that if children are unable to read on grade level by the end of their third grade year, their chances for later academic success are greatly diminished, guaranteeing their likelihood to become school-dropouts. Even more startling is the fact that roughly 85% of juveniles in the court system are illiterate. It is evident that we need change, now! 

Our mission at PHILADELPHIA READS has been the same since our beginning, to get every child in our city to read on grade level by the end of their third grade school year. Why is this so important? Educational studies indicate that between the preschool and third grade years, children are learning to read and post their third grade year, children are reading to learn. With this in mind, it is evident that if a child is not able to read, unfortunately, they are unable to learn. This is why we focus on "raising a city of readers!" We not only want our city's children to be educationally successful, we know that they can be educationally successful! The success of our children lies on the shoulders of those willing to work together to ensure the sustainability of high-quality learning environments.                                                                                                                                      

PHILADELPHIA READS serves the local community and meeting the literacy needs of children and youth through the provision of quality OST (out of school time) programs. Currently those programs include: the Book Bank, Power Partners, Reading is Love, Reading Olympics, and Summer READS. Please take a few minutes to read through the details of each of these programs by clicking on their respective tabs in the above menu bar. 

Now is the time to get involved and make a difference. Together, we can make a great difference. Join us in our mission and help to "raise a city of readers."Contact us today to learn more about our work and how you can become a partner. 

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PHILADELPHIA READS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, no. 39122. If you are a resident of the United States, your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our registered business address is 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

 2007 Recipient of the President's "Coming Up Taller" Award
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Does your employer offer donations through a United Way Annual Drive? Support Philadelphia READS during the next campaign by noting #12682 on your form. 
Book Bank Will Open 9/9/15!
    Originally we scheduled the opening on the 2nd, but due to power outages and other building maintenance issues, we will open a little later. Stay tuned for more details. We apologize for this inconvenience of the change.

    We have moved our office location! New address is,
​1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
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