We are powered by volunteers
Lift Literature was founded by a group of book enthusiasts, parents, teachers, and friends that seek help kids fall in love with reading. We continue to be a completely volunteer run organization. All monies raised go directly to purchase books, kindles, grants to educators, and student scholarships
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In 2020, a local women’s book club came together to ignite the love of reading, literacy, and community connection in local Lake Tahoe Unified School District (LTUSD) students during the Covid 19 pandemic. Knowing all too well the hardships of social isolation, distance learning, and the extraordinary stress of life in a pandemic, we came together with the strong belief that good books can foster solace, connection, and joy. And reading good books with friends creates a shared sense of belonging and can ignite a lifelong love of reading.
Our first large-scale project was with South Tahoe Middle School (STMS) entitled “Lifting Spirits through Literature." We partnered with STMS to provide over 200 books to complete classroom libraries. During the Summer of 2021, Lift Literature sponsored its inaugural Summer Reading Challenge. Over 350 kids signed up for the challenge! Kids read over 100,000 minutes, and the top four readers in each age group received tickets to see the San Francisco Giants. "Lifting Spirits through Literature" became Lift Literature.
In 2022, we partnered with the Marcella Foundation to create BookMode and launch our first pilot classroom at Sierra House Elementary School. The goal of this project was to explore the possibility of using kindles to expand access to books and make reading fun! We have had great success so far! You can see all of the success metrics on the Marcella Foundation website.
Our goal in 2023 is to expand BookMode to the entire 2nd grade at Sierra House Elementary school and to continue to test the effectiveness of that program! Our newest quest is to do a complete library refresh of all six school libraries in South Lake Tahoe! We are working closely with a team of school librarians and community partners to make this dream a reality.