Monday, October 17, 2016

Dollars and Cents

Ever wondered how we use your donation?  The chart above indicates what your contribution can buy.  Our operational budget continues to increase each year as we provide services for more schools. 

Over the next month we will provide crate libraries to 61 students at Monroe.  Each library will contain 25 new or gently used books the kids can home and call their own.  Additionally, we are kicking off our Reading Incentive Program at Monroe and completing our first book and blanket donation.  

We also have Family Literacy Nights in the works for two schools, as well as continuing to supply books for the Birthday Book Club. 

We are busy and greatly appreciate the support from the community.  Our Cupcakes and Cocktails event was a success and we are looking forward to our next one in February.  If you'd like to attend, please visit our How to Get Involved section of our website.  It was a lot of fun!

Want to help?  We'd love to talk with you!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Fun

This year is off to an incredible start!  Our Cupcakes and Cocktails fundraiser is in less than two weeks!  We would like to thank Perl Mortgage, our event sponsor, as well as Amanda Nelson with Mel Foster and Matt Sturdevant with State Farm Insurance for their sponsorships.  This event is going to be a TON of fun and all proceeds will be used to fund reading programs we provide free of cost at participating Title 1 schools in the Davenport Community School District.

1334 books have been delivered to the five elementary schools participating in our Birthday Book Club program.  We have received nothing but positive feedback from the staff at the schools.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this pretty much sums up how awesome the gift of a book on your birthday can be!

This month the Reading Incentive Program at Monroe will kick off.  Over 1000 books will be used to create classroom lending libraries providing the students with the opportunity to take books home to read at night.  We are looking forward to seeing how this program is received by the school and the students.  Hopefully there will be some serious reading going on at night!

Family Literacy Nights, crate libraries, and book and blanket donations are also in the works.  If you are interested in getting involved, get in touch with us at  We have opportunities for blanket making and are always taking gently used or new books.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cupcakes & Cocktails

Join us on October 15th for a Cupcake Wars inspired night with cocktails, appetizers, and live music by local musician, Zach Reason.  The event will be held in the River Music Experience Performance Hall.  Enjoy a fun night out, sing along to some of your favorite tunes, and cast your vote for the best cupcakes in the QC!  All proceeds will be used to purchase books for our reading programs at participating Davenport elementary schools.  Ticket cost is $30, which includes light appetizers, cupcake sampling (of course!), a drink ticket, and live entertainment.  Cash bar will be set up and a silent auction will also be held.  Only 125 tickets will be sold, so reserve your spot today!

RSVP by emailing  Once confirmed, payment may be sent via Paypal or check.    

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Onward and Upward

Next week will mark the completion of our third year of operation.  It is hard to believe that the time has passed so quickly.  What started out as a not-so-little dream has turned into a very humbling reality.  We have been blessed with wonderful community support which has given us the opportunity to visit many schools and students throughout the Quad Cities in the past three years.  If we had to sum it up into one word I think it would be this:  amazing.

Thanks to grant funds and many, many volunteers, once this year wraps we will have donated nearly 1000 book and blanket sets to kindergarten students at nine different schools in the area.  That is a lot of cutting and tying!  We have hosted three Family Literacy Nights at Monroe and sponsored a visit by a national author at Monroe and Jefferson Elementary, as well as a local author visit at Delwood.  This past fall we completed the first Crate Library project, providing 75 kids at Monroe with their very own home library, as well as providing thousands of new and used books for free book stores and book donations prior to school breaks.

And our work has only just begun.

Each year we strive to reach more kids, get more books in the homes of children, and spread the word about the importance of reading each and every day.  Much of our work has been hands-off, meaning we provide the tools necessary, but outside of Family Literacy Night events we don't physically work with the kids.  Our hope is for that to change during the upcoming year.  While we will continue with the programs we have already created and implemented, it is time to do more.  It is time to inspire, motivate, and actively help these children improve their literacy skills outside of school.  We have a little plan in mind.  We'll be meeting with faculty at a school this week to discuss the plan and will share our vision soon.  

One foot in front of the other.

Up to this point, the majority of our work has been done in the Quad Cities.  Next year, we will be starting a new chapter in Clinton County.  Expanding geographically is very exciting and it is our hope that in time we will expand even more.  Ultimately, our goal is to have chapters of From Cover to Cover all over the United States.  How awesome would it be to know that children at-risk all over the country are given the opportunity to snuggle up and read in their homes?

Our first step is to build the organization within Iowa and Illinois.  Are you passionate about literacy?  Do you know someone who is?  Are you feeling called to make a difference in your community?  This is a great project that touches so many kids and provides an opportunity for kids to help other kids.  If you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity, please email  We would be thrilled to help you begin your journey!

We feel strongly that the opportunities to reach children are endless.  There are hundreds of thousands of kids all across our country who have little opportunity, if any, to read at home.  Being a proficient reader opens doors in the future.  A book, that very tool many of us take for granted, can change a child's life and it is such a simple gift to give. 

Our journey has just begun.  Our work is far from done. 




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wrapping Up

Can you believe another school year is almost through?

We have been busy scheduling our final two donations of the school year, as well as meeting with faculty and staff to plan some exciting new programs for next year.  Oh, and working on our golf tournament and River Bandits charity game!  Busy is good!  Busy means more kids reading!

Today we donated over 70 book and blanket sets to the sweet kindergarten class at Fillmore.  They were so well-behaved and polite.  Way to go kids!  There were some very excited kids checking out their blankets and looking through their books.  We really had a great time and look forward to heading back in the fall with books for our Birthday Book Club!

Thank you to all who have supported us this school year!  Our work is far from done, but we have put thousands of books in the homes of children in the Quad Cities and donated about 200 more book and blanket sets with one more donation to go.

Want to get involved?  With our continuing expansion of programs, we can always use the help!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Save the Date!

We have two fundraisers scheduled for this summer.  On Sunday, July 10th, join us for an evening with the Quad City River Bandits.  The game starts at 5:45 and it is family Sunday.  The kids can get autographs and run the bases.  Tickets are only $8, with $4 coming back to our organization.  Send us an email and we'll be sure to reserve your seats!

On Sunday, July 17th, we will be hosting our First Annual Swinging for Literacy golf outing at Hidden Hills in Bettendorf.  Cost is $70 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, and a complimentary beverage.  Registration will begin at 11:30 followed by lunch at noon and a 4-person best ball tournament with a shotgun start at 1:00.  Have your foursome together?  Email us and reserve your spot?