Detroit is Brilliant!

Since 2014, Rx for Reading has created 65 free community libraries in Detroit, Dearborn, Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Ypsilanti. Each library is hosted by a community partner dedicated to serving children and families in under-resourced communities. Brilliant Detroit is one of them.

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Brilliant Detroit takes a unique, neighborhood-based approach to promoting early childhood education and literacy. They purchase and renovate homes in the neighborhoods they serve, transforming them into community gathering spaces for the whole family. At each Brilliant Detroit house programming and activities are responsive to community needs and include tutoring, childcare, exercise classes, birth and parenting classes, gardening, and a range of literacy activities. In addition to providing libraries, we have donated thousands of English, Spanish, and bilingual books to Brilliant Detroit so every child and family has books to read!
Happy Customers!

Happy customers!

“Over the last two years, Little Libraries provided by Rx for Reading have become a staple of each Brilliant Detroit hub, functioning as welcoming and accessible places for our neighbors to access a whole host of books free of charge. Not only do they help get books out into neighborhoods where there are so few; they act as welcome mats for the Brilliant Detroit hubs themselves, signaling that these are spaces for community to come and gather. Currently we have Little Libraries set up or ready to be installed at all of our locations, and we are excited for these to be a part of every Brilliant Detroit hub to come.”
Cindy Eggleton, Co-Founder and CEO of Brilliant Detroit

Three Little Libraries, all in a rowRx for Reading also provides opportunities for University of Detroit Mercy college students to get involved and engaged in their community. This spring, students in Alpha Phi Omega, the co-ed service learning fraternity at University of Detroit Mercy, designed and painted three community libraries for Brilliant Detroit hubs. Material costs for the libraries were funded by a Detroit Mercy Mission Micro Grant and generous gifts from individual donors.

Members of the APO Service Fraternity hard at work

APO members hard at work. Pictured: Da’Jonae Foster, Carmela Esteva, Claire Washburn, Janasia Johnson, Irelynd Bone, Matthew Shand Not pictured: Matthew Rimle, Aaron Parker.  Special shout-out to Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering and Science, which invited APO to use the Engineering High Bay, and John Mio, our stalwart woodworker, who builds all of the Rx for Reading libraries.

Brilliant Detroit Southwest

Rx for Reading Library at Brilliant Detroit Southwest.

We are proud to stand with Alpha Phi Omega in supporting Brilliant Detroit, an organization that works to foster love and learning, safety and stability, health and growth for young children and their families!

To find out more about Brilliant Detroit, watch this inspiring video.

Thrive by Five!

Thank you Southwest Solutions for inviting RX for Reading to their Thrive by Five Community Open House!  Thrive by Five is a federally-funded, early childhood education program designed to help families break the cycle of poverty.  It incorporates Early Head Start and Head Start programs for children from birth to five and wraparound services including family support, parental skills training, and health and social service support and referrals.

UDM Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Henze and UDM graduate and undergraduate students Kristen Hnatio, Nancy VanRaemdonck, Heather Bishop, Sandybel Quintana, Erika Turak, and Renesha Smoot Grafton represented RX for Reading at the Community Open House. They distributed over three hundred new English and Spanish-language books to children and talked with parents about strategies for reading with children and promoting literacy.

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Thank you to Southwest Solutions for inviting us and to our incredible donors who allow us to provide new books for children in our community!