Northwest Literacy Foundation - Putting Books in the Hands of Readers
Events and Programs
The Fill the Shelves program started in 1996 to make concrete Superintendent John Stanford’s dream of filling the shelves of school libraries whose populations are at risk and in need.  160,000 books and 16 years later, the Northwest Literacy Foundation has filled the shelves of many of the area’s most at-risk schools with hundreds of new books.

Elisabeth Odland, daughter of Northwest Literacy’s founder, John Odland, started a fundraiser for the foundation called Layups for Literacy.  She and her high school basketball friends gathered pledges from their friends and families and for four years, on the first Sunday in December, dozens of girls shot layups at the Roosevelt High School gym.  Over those four years, the girls raised $25,000.  These young women then helped to deliver the books that their pledges purchased.

Longtime bookseller and Northwest Literacy board member, Chauni Haslet, founded the Authors in Schools program.  Dozens of authors have made visits to dozens of schools, accompanied with class sets of their books.  This is a wonderful program which gives children access to authors, ideas, and books to fuel their dreams.

The Northwest Literacy Foundation works with Beacon Hill International School and Seattle University’s Summer Reading program, providing books for struggling bilingual students in second and third grades.

The Seattle schools participating in the Global Reading Challenge were helped by a yearly $3,500 grant to supplement the quantity of books needed for the Challenge.

Invest in Youth pairs adult tutors with academically challenged 3rd-5th grade students for one to one help.  The Northwest Literacy Foundation granted Invest in Youth books to supplement their program.
Fill the Shelves
Board member Ross Baker, Emerson Elementary Librarian Mary Manzin, and board member Mary Bristow in the Event Room at All for Kids Books and Music in Seattle.
Global Reading Challenge
Layups for Literacy
P.O. Box 3514 Seattle, WA 98124
Northwest Literacy Foundation
Putting Books In The Hands Of Young People