Reading Recovery!

Help us provide thousands of books to kids in southwest Missouri, giving them the best start toward a successful future. "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents" --author Emilie Buchwald. We make sure parents have the tools to create future readers and leaders.

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your gift of $10 or more will provide approximately three new books for a child. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal.

$25.00 Level

19 Supporters

Your donation of $25 or more will provide two lovely Newborn Book Packages! Please consider sharing our project on your social media channels to help add to our momentum.

$50.00 Level

6 Supporters

Your generous donation puts us $50 closer to our goal and will put many new books in the hands of children! Please plan on returning to this page to check our project’s progress as we near our deadline.

$100.00 Level

1 Supporter

Your generous donation of $100 or more will help create little readers and future leaders in our community!! Please plan on returning to this page to check our project’s progress as we near our deadline.

Project Overview

Our Work in the Community

Carthage Family Literacy Council has invested years into lifting up children in southwest Missouri out of generational poverty by educating parents from the birth of their child about the importance of literacy. We have built relationships in the Carthage community that facilitate this work. We supply approximately 2500 beautiful Newborn Gift Packages to our area hospitals annually to pass out to every newborn baby's family. We also partner with the Parents as Teachers program, whom we supply with thousands of new books each year to pass out to the families they visit. These are our flagship programs although we do many smaller projects as well. 

Financial Goals

These programs require significant financial investment. If we are able to raise our goal of an additional $8000, we can put many, many more books into children's hands.We try to always be good stewards of our finances and search out the best deals we can find to give us the most and best quality books to supply to the community. The effects of a year of the Covid-19 virus have hurt so many and curtailed our normal fundraising opportunities, but the need for getting parents to read to their children is always with us. We don't want to be in danger of falling short on our Newborn Packages for any baby. Even when the schools were closed, our PAT program has been handing out books and creating "porch packs" that we supply books to include along with activities and crafts. 


Update and thank you!

Just wanted to THANK all our donors! We are approaching $2000 and this will do so much good in our community! We have a little more than 4 hours to keep our momentum going! Thank you, thank you!

Final report

Thanks to our very generous supporters, we went above $2,000! Thank you all so much!


About Carthage Family Literacy Council

The purpose and mission of the Carthage Family Literacy Council is to promote early reading to babies (starting at birth) and continuing throughout the early childhood years. Research has shown this is the single most important factor in determining the future success of students.
To address this need, CFLC provides thousands of free new books each year to be distributed through Parents as Teachers in Carthage R-IX and Jasper County. We build and maintain Little Free Libraries for 24/7 access to free kids books around Carthage. CFLC also provides 200+ beautiful newborn book packages per month at Mercy and Freeman Hospitals to encourage parents to read to their child from birth. We provide two generous scholarships annually for CHS graduates planning on going into elementary education. We also support Carthage Public Library financially for their summer reading programs, and partner with Carthage Police Department to include books with gifts for the annual children’s Christmas Party. We partner with Head Start in Carthage to provide space for increased enrollment in Early Head Start. We feel strong links to other local organizations help us fulfill our mission and lift each of us up to help the community.

Carthage Family Literacy Council

Carthage, MO