Read Across the Globe

Read Across the Globe Day
October 19, 2015

Read Across the Globe is a one-day reading event that will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 to raise awareness of the literacy crisis around the world. Educators, partners, volunteers, and parents all over the world will come together to shine a light on literacy.

Exposure to language such as talking, singing, and especially reading for children under 5 years old can predict the child’s reading ability. Consistent reading with children from birth to age 5 helps to ensure that the children will be able to read fluently by 3rd grade. Being able to read is a necessary first step towards success for children in school, work, and life. Poor reading skills have long-lasting effects, in fact, by 3rd grade children that are not reading proficiently are four times more likely to drop out of high school, according to Read Across the Globe Website.

The book chosen for Read Across the Globe is Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, which is the story of how a former basketball star transformed an empty lot into a way to feed his community. If you are interested in reading the book check it out at your local library, or you can hit the “ctrl” button and click on the picture of the book and it will take you to the website where you can purchase the book.

One of the goals of this initiative is to set a new Guinness World Record (more than 300,000 kids) for the most children read to by an adult in 24 hours. Whether you are reading to one kid, five kids, twenty kids, or one hundred kids, you will help spread awareness that literacy is an important issue in your community and communities around the world. Help break the record and pledge to participate in this event today!

To find out more about this event, to sign up to hold a reading event, or to volunteer visit: Points of Light.

Local efforts in our community to Read Across the Globe include:

The Oshkosh Public Library

Lisa Voss, Head of Library Development at the Oshkosh Public Library, stated that they are launching a new program called High Flyers. High Flyers is a self-paced program for children from birth to 4k that assists parents in engaging in the five key activities to prepare their children for kindergarten. These five key activities include learning how to talk, sing, read, write, and play with children in order to promote early literacy skills. Through local support and efforts, the Oshkosh Public Library hopes to help families get their children ready to read and succeed in school. For more about the High Flyers program follow this link to their website HighFlyers.

On October 19th, the Oshkosh Area Public Library invites families to come to the library and sign up for the High Flyers program. Families are also invited to attend any or all of the following sessions: Family Storytime sessions at 9:30am and 10:30am, Read to a Dog at 4pm, and High Hopes at 6:30pm. To find out more about these events you can follow this link Oshkosh Public Library.

The Winnebago County Literacy Council

In speaking with Terri Hansen, Executive Director at the Winnebago County Literacy Council (WCLC), she stated that they will be holding activities throughout the week to promote reading and the importance of literacy. On October 13th, there will be a special reading from 12:30-2:30pm during their Family Literacy class at St. John’s Church (808 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI 54901).  Emily Bowles, Assistant for the Building for Kids Museum in Appleton, will be reading one of the SkippyJon Jones books by Judith Schachner for mothers and their preschool children.

On October 14th, a member of Wisconsin Literacy is presenting information on healthy literacy skills to one of WCLC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. On October 15th, they are having a fundraiser at Robbins restaurant from 5 -7pm.  Clarence "Inky" Jungwirth will be presenting on the "History of Immigrants in Oshkosh." You can RSVP for this event via the link below. For more information you can contact them by phone at 920-236-5185 or by email at

History of Immigrants Event
Date: Thursday, October 15th
Time: 5 pm - 7 pm
Where: Robbins Restaurant
1820 Oshkosh Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Cost: $25.00 per person (includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available)

Click Here to RSVP

To find out about more events at the Winnebago County Literacy Council visit their website at

Written by: Amanda Hammond, OAUW Intern