READ Fundraiser – Sept. 28th

The Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight is hosting a fundraiser on September 28th from 5:30 – 9 pm to benefit Born to Read and you are invited to participate! You can support this great program in many ways, including attending, volunteering, and obtaining silent auction baskets. Individual tickets can be bought online (below) for $100 or a table of 8 can be purchased for $700. For more information about the R.E.A.D. (Rotarians Eating and Dancing) event, please see the flyer below. If you have any questions, please let us know on the Contact Us button in the sidebar menu or at our FaceBook page.



Fall Ambassador Workshops

If you have an interest in promoting the love of reading to families in our community, please consider joining the Born to Read Ambassadors. We have two upcoming fall workshops with Early Literacy Specialist, Rachel Birgy, which will help you get the most out of your story reading to our young audiences. Please see the attached flyer for more information. To sign up for either of these programs, please click on the appropriate link below.

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Sign-up for September 16 workshop (Suttons Bay) HERE.

Sign-up for November 11 workshop (Traverse City) HERE.


Ambassador Training at TADL – Main Branch

Ambassadors are invited to a training at the Traverse Area District Library’s Main Branch (610 Woodmere, Traverse City) on Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. This training is for current Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming a Reading Ambassador, please click on the Contact Us button in the side menue. To attend an Ambassador program, please visit our FaceBook page and look under Events.

Born to Read Receives Grant

The 100+ Women Who Care Grand Traverse and Leelanau County group announced that they will donate $10,000 to the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight Foundation for our Born to Read program. The money will be used to purchase children’s books to support programs like the Welcome Packets at Munson Hospital and the Ambassador groups that read to children at laundromats and baby pantries throughout our region. Born to Read is excited about the opportunity these funds provide and the ability to extend our reach to more families in need of quality early literacy experiences. See the full story on The Ticker.


Ambassador Training: March 18th

Do you enjoy reading to children? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that is both challenging and rewarding? Become a Born to Read Ambassador and help inspire school and lifelong success for families in our community.

Early Literacy Specialist Rachael Birgy will lead a training for all potential Ambassadors on Saturday, March 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Traverse Area District Library (Main Branch). Participants will learn why early literacy is so important and participate in hands-on activities that empower them to be Born to Read Ambassadors in the community.

For more information, please see the below flyer. To attend, register HERE.

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Born to Read Ambassador Training

Join us for Born to Read Ambassador Training with early literacy specialist, Rachel Birgy, on Saturday, October 1st at the Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere Branch (610 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City, 49686), from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

Participants will learn why early literacy is so important and participate in hands-on activities that empower them to be Born to Read Ambassadors in the community.

There is no fee for this workshop. Please sign up for this training HERE.

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Born to Read featured on 9 & 10 News

Born to Read was recently featured on Channel 9 & 10 News. Thank you to Sharon and Rachel for articulating the mission of Born to Read and the great need we are facing in Grand Traverse County.

Thank you to Channel 9 & 10 reporter, Adora Namigadde, for seeking us out and to Kara Gregory of PoWeR Book Bags for sending Adora our way.


Born to Read at Laundry Project

Specially trained Born to Read Ambassadors are now reading to young children at two area laundramats! Our volunteers are also sharing the importance of reading to young children with parents and caregivers while clothes are washing and dryers are tumbling. And, when they leave, each child is able to take their very own book home with them. Click here to learn more about this exciting partnership with the Grand Traverse Laundry Project.

Born to Read in the News!

Traverse Bay Twilight Rotary Club began Born to Read to promote literacy and school success by encouraging parents to read to their babies and providing information and resources that support early reading. In addition to including board books in prenatal care packets at Munson Medical Center and handing out books to babies at the Traverse Area District Library, we are reaching out to those most in need through a local laundry project. Volunteers were trained in December 2015 by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen and are now actively engaging monthly with parents, caregivers and young children at two laundry mat locations.

Check out the news story in the Record Eagle here!