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Promoting literacy through book access in high-need communities.

About the Project

For more than 50 years, Walden has been dedicated to offering the resources, tools, and educational opportunities people need to make a difference—not only in their own lives, but in their communities as well.

But in order to make this a reality for all, change is necessary:

  • 65% of fourth graders and 66% of eighth graders are not reading proficiently.1
  • More than 43 million adults in the U.S. possess low literacy skills.2
  • Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.3

As part of our Mobilize for Good initiative, Walden Community Libraries are designed to promote literacy and educational access by offering free books and learning materials to communities in need. Each library will include a wide range of books, with a particular focus on those that highlight diverse voices and promote discussions and understanding of empathy, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Want to send a book to the Walden Community Library at Beechfield Elementary/Middle School?
See their Amazon wish list.


The Walden Community Libraries in Action 

Early childhood literacy is vital to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Walden University has always been committed to improving access to education, and our Mobilize for Good initiative proves this commitment by taking education where it’s needed most. That’s why we created Walden Community Libraries—our way to bring books to communities where early childhood literacy resources are lacking. Find out how this initiative is advancing child literacy one small step at a time.

Related Initiatives: Talks for Good 

In an effort to raise awareness of the urgent challenges educators are facing during the ongoing pandemic, our recent Talks for Good series includes four virtual talks focused on educational equity and access viewed through the lens of the COVID-19 crisis.


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