Reads! is demonstrating how the power of
collaboration can create new possibilities for those of
us who share a commitment that all our citizens become
readers. A new organization has not been created, but
dozens of organizations have found new ways to work
together to reach for the same vision.
We are committed
to collective action that helps individual community
partners live out their own missions more effectively.
Together, we have experienced the opportunity to
leverage new ideas, resources and broader community
This City Reads!
is a set of intentional relationships, new partnerships
and creative tools for your organization to achieve
greater success and to contribute to a larger campaign
that can significantly extend the reach of your
Partners believe that:
information-based economy requires everyone to read.
when family, school and community collaborate.
learn to read, then you read to learn.
essential to improving quality of life.
fundamental to responsible citizenship.
embrace the same mission:
Reads! is a community alliance of organizations to
champion and leverage the power of reading to promote
the future success of families, individuals, and
businesses in Greater Akron/Summit County.
Community Partners strive
for the same vision:
County/Akron is the Reading Capital of the World.
Community Partners commit
to individual and collective action that fits within
individuals and families with resources; and
Community Partners agree
to work within the following internal parameters:
Act in a
manner that is faithful and aligned to our mission
and core beliefs.
desired results and establish benchmarks to
Serve as a
catalyst for growth through reading.
support one another to make a significant difference
importance and power of relationship building.
We do not:
prescribe, or endorse reading programs.
any organization does business.
Favor any one
individual, program or organization in our work.