Creating Access to Books

Having access to books helps families spend more time together reading and creates a more positive attitude towards reading and academics. When children are read to from a young age they enter school ready to read and succeed. Make Way for Books provides books through all of our literacy programs.

“The library and the books are the heartbeat of our school. There is no other program like Make Way for Books.”
—G. Williams, Childcare Center Director

Make Way For Books is the major beneficiary of the Tucson Classics Car Show Proceeds.  In 2016, they received $83,723 from the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation.

Professional Development

Make Way for Books provides professional development workshops, one-on-one onsite mentoring, and leads a community of practice to support early childhood educators in preschools, childcare centers, and home-based care providers. More than 500 teachers participate in these opportunities each year. Learn more about our workshops, community of learning, and cafecitos for home-care providers.

“Thanks to Make Way for Books our center has received such wonderful support and helpful tools to teach children.”
—E. Soto, Teacher

Empowering Families

Parents and caregivers are their children’s first best teachers. Make Way for Books programs work with children and families to make sharing books an important and enjoyable part of daily life.

“This program helps me know how to read and do activities with my daughter of six weeks.”
—Cover to Cover parent

Neighborhood School Readiness Project

The Neighborhood School Readiness Collaborative is an innovative project that provides opportunities for thousands of children to enter school ready to read and succeed. The project provides comprehensive early literacy programming for children ages birth to five that is focused and coordinated in twelve high-need neighborhoods surrounding Tucson Unified School District elementary schools. The project achieves success for children through strategies that engage and empower families, support educators, and develop children’s emergent literacy skills. Project strategies link together at each TUSD school, creating neighborhood school communities that help children thrive.

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Each year, Rotary Club of Tucson members dedicate their time, passion, and energy into helping our next generation of readers and learners thrive. Rotary Club of Tucson raised a record amount of funding this year through their annual Tucson Classics Car Show with proceeds going directly back into the community through grants and scholarships.

Make Way for Books is exceedingly thankful to be the primary beneficiary of the Tucson Classics Car Show. And this year, we are thrilled to announce that Rotary Club of Tucson has awarded a generous grant of $83,723 to support Cover to Cover, our innovative early literacy program that will impact more than 1,000 children each year.

“The members of the Rotary Club of Tucson never cease to amaze me. Their energy, dedication, service, and generosity to make our community a better place for children is remarkable. With this incredible giving power and hard work, these Rotarians can accomplish anything. They are truly helping to change the landscape of literacy in Tucson,” shared Jenny Volpe, Executive Director of Make Way for Books.

Make Way for Kindergarten

A part of our Neighborhood School Readiness Project, Make Way for Kindergarten helps children develop specific skills that teachers want them to have on the first day of school. During the summer prior to the start of kindergarten, families learn what they can expect in kindergarten, from daily routines to how to communicate with new school staff. Parents gain knowledge, resources, and confidence they need to support and advocate for their children in school!

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In our community, 4 out of 5 young children do not have access to high-quality early education. As the major sponsor of Cover to Cover, Rotary Club of Tucson provides funding that allows us to travel out into the community to meet families in community locations like food banks, social services offices, mobile home communities, and more. We transform these locations into early literacy classrooms without walls where children and parents learn together.

Cover to Cover gives young children the chance to develop emergent literacy and language skills outside of the preschool classroom. Week after week, parents gain resources and skills to be their child’s first best teacher.

In fact, one participating mother shared, “You inspired me to improve myself to be a better mom to my kids. To see your impact on my kids – to make them want to read and hear stories – it made me want to try harder. I never knew that most of my child’s brain grew by age 5. I finally realized how important it was!”

Rotary Club of Tucson is a tremendous partner to Make Way for Books and goes above and beyond to support our youngest children. Learn more about Rotary Club of Tucson and their amazing support in our partner highlight! 

We are beyond grateful for the generous support and partnership of Rotary Club of Tucson!

Get Involved!

Volunteers make so many of our programs happen! There are many ways for you to get involved in our community and make a difference at Make Way for Books!

Deliver books for Blue Book Houses

This is a great opportunity for volunteers looking for a flexible time commitment, as volunteers stop by the office once a month to pick up their deliveries.

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Become a Community-Literacy Volunteer

From delivering books to helping with programs, there are many ways you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

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Volunteer at our Office

From preparing literacy kits and creating storyboards to processing books for our Blue Book House project, we are always in need of volunteers for office projects at our office.

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Host a Book Drive

Ask for books in place of birthday presents. Host a book drive at your school or business place. We can help!

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Become a Food for Thought Volunteer!

Help Make Way for Books provide goodies and meals for workshops, meetings, and other work-related gatherings.

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Become a Storytime Volunteer

Do you have experience working with young children? Storytime Volunteers visit preschools and childcare centers weekly to make books come alive for preschool-age children.

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