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Can you imagine a home with no books? Research suggests that as many as 61% of low-income families do not read to their children on a regular basis and that 70% of students nationwide are scoring below grade level on reading tests – even right here in Monmouth County.

Reading Buddies is designed to help. Launched in 1998, this early-childhood literacy development program advances literacy skills and creates enthusiastic, confident young readers in 16 public schools throughout Monmouth County. It is the only in-school reading program in the county, and the majority of the partner schools are in neighborhoods where the population is underserved.

On a weekly basis, volunteer readers visit the schools for one hour and read aloud to students in kindergarten through second grade.

Reading Buddies:

  • Links 200 volunteers, primarily seniors, with more than 1,600 elementary-aged students.
  • Continues during the summer as the Reading Buddies Summer Program in-school based enrichment programs.

Give the Gift of Literacy this Holiday Season!

Barnes & Noble® in Holmdel collecting books for Reading Buddies.

We're encouraging everyone to give the gift of literacy this holiday season by donating to the Holiday Book Drive at the Barnes & Noble book store in Holmdel. From now through the end of the year, shoppers to the Holmdel store can purchase a new age-appropriate children’s book to donate to FCS to distribute to local school children served by our Reading Buddies program. It's simple!

Learn how you can help!

In addition, the company will be offering a special Book Fair on "Giving Tuesday", December 3rd. ON that day, shoppers at ANY Barnes & Noble store or online can use a special code and a portion of their purchases will be donated to FCS. Download the flyer & code here:


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