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Read a Book, Buy a Book and Literacy Days- Celebrate the Day!

Read a Book, Buy a Book, and Literacy Days - Celebrate the Day


There are 3 Celebrate the Days coming up that are near and very dear to my International Literacy Dayheart.

Sunday, September 6 if Read a Book Day

Monday, September 7 is Buy a Book Day

and finally

Tuesday, September 8 is International Literacy Day.

I know I’ve told this story before, but in my previous life, I did psychological testing for adults reentering society after being the guests of the state.  I had to administer a reading test first to see if they could read above the 3rd-grade level.  

There were so many who could not read at this level that I could only wonder how their life might have been different had they been able to read.

1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.*


Literacy is the key to the growth and sustainability of any country or culture.  For us, it begins in our own backyard.

For those of us in Delray Beach, we are fortunate to have 2 libraries in our area:

The Delray Beach Public Library

100 West Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33444


The Hagen Ranch Road Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System

14350 Hagen Ranch Road

Delray Beach FL 33446



More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.*


Delray Beach is also part of the National Campaign for Grade-Levelbooks Reading.  

With over half of our students between Kindergarten and 3rd Grade unable to read at grade level, it has become a community-wide effort to focus on programs that will help our children learn to read.

How you can celebrate…

1.Read a book.  When’s the last time you read one?  If you can’t remember, then it’s time to pick one up.

And, if you have young ones at home, read a book to them tonight, or have them read one to you.

Better yet…. turn off the Smartphone, laptop or other gadget, and sit down and read together.  You can set a timer, but I bet when it goes off, you’ll reset it so you can read  more!

2.Buy a book, for yourself, a gift or to donate.  Make it a habit to include a book when buying for children.

3.Take a trip to your library. If it’s been since you were in college, then you’d be surprised at what you’ll find there.  


4. You can volunteer at a local literacy program such as Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.


As of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less educated than the previous one.*


*You can find more facts about literacy at DoSomething.Org.



 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 35 commentsKathy Streib • September 02 2015 03:22PM


Hi Kathy.  Your previous life's work had to be a bit depressing with that 60% rate.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, hard to imagine that 1 in 4 children cannot read in 2015! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for the reminder about the three days. I will celebrate these days.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

I read every night before going to see the sandman.  No one in my family that I can recall got past the third grade.  I was the first to finish high school and go to college.  I can only imagine not being able to read as the possibilities are limited if not downright impossible to achieve.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

  The ability to read is something we take for granted...and should rewarding to conquer the obstacles....and spread the word literally...of the joys and rewards of  this ability.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy,

Never having had a "boob tube" until a late teen ager reading was natural. The kids used to hate me with an hour of "boob tube" an hour of reading; it must have paid off because the oldest does it with the grand kids!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Hard to believe the number of inmates who are illiterate BARFF.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

It is hard to believe those numbers, so sad. Thanks for the eye opening blog today

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Good Thursday morning Kathy Streib -

Shocking and sad that only 1 in 4 kids learn how to read.  This country is going to hell in more ways than one.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy-Those are shocking statistics for this country. I couldn't imagine not being able to read,

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib This is a notable day. I always keep books on my Ipad to read, if even for a few minutes while waiting for clients to appear at showings.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib It really is unimaginable that so many can't read. And I think you are right, their lives would have been different if they could read.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago


Sad stats, and I read books every day.  One of our favorite educators got kids to read at the schools where she was a principal by asking them what they were interested.  If they said sports. she would buy subscriptions to sport magazines, fashion, she would get Seventeen or other mags...It was her stealth way of getting them hooked and it worked.  As a matter of fact, since everyone is alreadin in holiday more, I wrote a review about a book I just read.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- while I've previously heard the statistics, they remain a tragic part of our society.  It does make me wonder if those in charge of funding education and our penal system understand the relationship.    

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

Important days Kathy, I am sure my wife, Sally Crane , has something planned for these days since literacy is her passion.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - thanks for highlighting this. Amazing how many Americans are poor readers. No wonder no-one reads documents!

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I am so thankful that both of my girls love to read. They go through a 300 page book in a few days. One of their favorite activities is for me to drop them off at a Barnes and Noble so they can just hang out there and read all day. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

I have never been a big fan of reading, even though it is very important to do.  A friend just gave me a book to read, which I need to make a better effort to actually read it.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago

I am a bookworm, so I love this post Kathy Streib!  I will have to check and see what's going on here in metro Atlanta in honor of International Literacy Day.  Thanks for sharing! 

Posted by Lee Davenport, Learn With Lee: Real Estate Coaching & Consulting almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy,

Great blog!

I love books and the fall season is my favorite. Just curling up close to a fireplace with a blanket, a cup of coffee and a book can work wonders for my soul. 


Posted by Digital Digital, full service almost 5 years ago

Kathy reading is a major part of our lives.  It is tough to succeed with out being proficient in reading.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

Conrad- it could have been but I was too young and too new at it to realize it. Conrad Allen   It did make me sad, though when one older gentleman was just making his way back into the world.  He'd killed someone (can't remember who) but he seemed like someone's grandfather. 

Wayne- it's disturbing!   That's why I have a big smile on my face anytime I see a young person reading a book! Wayne Martin 

Gita- I'm trying to get through one book now, so I can start another one.  Can't wait. Gita Bantwal 

James- that is amazing!  Were you encouraged by your teachers or parents to finish high school and go on to college? James Dray 

Sally and David- I wish our schools would focus on teaching every child to read. Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Raymond- good for you!  It's important that children see their parents reading and that parents take them to the library.  Make books a key part of your life! Raymond E. Camp 

BARFF- all the more reason to teach our young people how to read. This is trite, but they really are our future. Roger D. Mucci 

Scott- thank you.  Think how hard it would be if you could not read a contract.  This has to become a priority for us. Scott Godzyk 

John- who will be our doctors, scientists, teachers?  Who will build our houses and roads?  Yes, it is disgraceful that we have so many who cannot read.  It has to become a priority. John McCormack 

Sharon- I know!  And, our literacy rate has not changed in 10 years.  Sharon Lee 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Very nice Kathy Streib ....we all need to read more ....Roy Kelley got me reading more now than ever!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 5 years ago

Sandy and Norm- so do I.  I have the Kindle app on my phone and iPad and I read a few pages whenever I can... even when I'm drying my hair! Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI 

Bill- I cannot help but feel that way.  Bill Roberts 

Alexandra- I like your educator's idea.  With my nieces, I used to tell them it doesn't matter what you read, just read.  And yes, getting someone interested in a Sports magazine or anything else or reading romance novels... it's still reading. Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Michael- my opinion is that each has blinders on and can only focus on their particular areas.  The penal system is focused on keeping their residents in custody- period.  Unfortunately, the hands of our educators are often tied by politics and administrative duties.  Michael Jacobs 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Bob- good for her!!  I think this may have to be more of a community-wide or individual effort.  Can't wait for those people in DC. Bob Crane 

Olga- many aren't poor readers.. .they just can't!  But fortunately, we have tests for those who may have some issues, and teachers can work with them. Olga Simoncelli 

Nicole- I love that!!!  I've stopped buying "real" books and now get them online, but I do love going into a bookstore.   I would love to just go in and sit and read. Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Brian- pick a subject or medium that you enjoy and I'll bet you will read it.  For example, I have never read a romance novel.... not a snob about it but just doesn't interest me!  Brian England 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Lee- check with your library, and love that you love to read.  PS haven't forgotten you! Lee Davenport 

Wandanna- I'm with you. We don't have "fireplace" days here in FL but when we get those rainy days, reading is what I love to do. Wandanna Melliphant 

George- I agree.  Thankfully there are excellent programs now for those with reading or learning issues. George Souto 

Rob- I'm so glad about that!!  I have a list a mile long to read thanks to Roy Kelley   Have a great weekend! Rob Thomas 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago


I'm all in for Read a Book Day on Saturday September 6th and and Buy a Book Day on Sunday September 7th . . . . I'm also all in on recycling books . . . . 

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Evil knows no age boundaries Kathy.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib I still can't believe that current generaton literacy level is less than that of previous.

In fact, we never had Kindle or eReaders whereas current generation do have many more gadgets to read - and I do see them reading at many places.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

This is a good week to discover a new favorite author and to read a book or two.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, just saw this on a reblog and wanted to congratulate and thank you for brining this most important issue to the forefront. Reading has always been one of my passions in life. And here's what I commented on Bob Crane's reblog: "

I'm a huge reader and have been since I could read. One of my earliest memories as a 7 year old is my mother showing me the way to walk to the library by myself, getting me a library card. And each Friday after school I'd go to the library and pick my books for the week. By the time I was 10, my mother had me enrolled in a Children's Book Club. How exciting it was to get my monthly mailing of a book!"

My mother put me on the path of reading and that was one of the smartest things she did in raising me. And as she read voraciously, she was a great role model. Today, I share books with my step-daughter and we mail them back and forth to each other.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

OMG, you just reminded me that I have books due today. I'll be heading to the library website to see if I can renew. Thank you, Kathy Streib. And, I am shocked by the 1 in 4 number. 

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 5 years ago

I've never been much of a reader.  I'm so glad all of my grandbabies love books. I have lots of books here for them. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

Love, love, love to read! So, I think Sunday will have to be dedicated to reading!

Posted by Kim Johnson, Selling South Florida (Signature Realty Inc.) almost 5 years ago

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