The Literary Society of the Southwest is an advocate for literature and literacy in the community. The Society hosts presentations by outstanding authors who speak about the journey to become an author and the books they have written. Annual membership fees and generous donations provide funding for the mission of the Literary Society to make contributions to community organizations to support literacy programs.
The Grant Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients of $3,000 each for the 2020-2021 fiscal year:
The Friends of Scottsdale Public Library
A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that supports reading programs and other initiatives to support public education. Grant funds will be used in children's expanded program.
Girl Scouts - AZ Cactus - Pine Council
Central & Northern Arizona
"Lit Camp" was developed from a pilot program with ASU to promote literacy during summer day camp sessions for more than 500 K-5 girls. Working on reading skills to explore Girl Scout pillars (STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship & life skills) to build confidence and discover the joy of reading.
Offers a wide range of programs to support adult literacy, families and children, including "Reading Seed" with one-to-one reading assistance for high-need students in K - 5th grades.
Make Way for Books
A preschool reading program that provides young children (ages birth to 5) with access to books and language experiences necessary for school readiness. This organization in Southern Arizona has expanded to Phoenix.
Read Better Be Better
PhoenixA highly-structured afterschool reading comprehension program in elementary schools where older, trained students assist younger students to improve their reading skills. Middle school volunteers work one-on-one with 3rd graders who are at risk.
Read On Arizona
A public/private partnership of agencies, philanthropic organizations, and community stakeholders committed to improving language and literacy outcomes for children from birth through age eight, with strategic focus on school readiness and third-grade reading proficiency.
For several years, the Literary Society has supported students of Maryvale High School competing in a writing contest organized by their teacher and librarian, Jean Kilker. This year, seven students submitted short stories.
The $5,000 prize money was awarded as follows:
Underwriting to provide books and reading materials for students in Title 1 schools to attend a theater performance based on the book. For example, the scripts for students attending a Shakespeare play. For many students this was their first exposure to a live performing arts program.
Make Way for Books
A nonprofit preschool reading program that provides young children (ages birth to 5) with access to books and language experiences necessary for school readiness. This program in Southern Arizona plans to expand to Phoenix.