Literacy Programs

Storytime Tools

Storytime exposes children from infancy to preschool to early literacy concepts through books, music, movement, and play—while introducing caregivers to a supportive community and a break from the isolation of parenting. The Foundation funds storytime tools, such as puppets to further engage children and encourage imagination. In the works is a free early literacy app to help caregivers reinforce literacy concepts. Also see Lego Story Time Club.

Summer Reading Program

A thoughtfully designed program for children and teens, Summer Reading inspires young minds to read during summer break. Twenty weekly programs with creative performances, experiential activities, and fun incentives motivate kids to get involved and stay involved. It also helps ensure they return to school at the same reading level—closing the gap in terms of summer learning loss. 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the Summer Reading Program.  Click here to learn about the impact this program has made in the community.


BoulderReads!It’s estimated that more than 19,000 adults in Boulder County are in need of improved literacy skills, and BoulderReads! offers one-on-one instruction at no cost. It provides an empowering environment for adults to improve their employability, learn to read to their children, and master essential life skills. It culminates with a Reading Progress Celebration and Discoveries, an annual magazine featuring original student stories. It also matches at-risk K-5 students with CU-Boulder tutors through its Reading Buddies component.

Financial Literacy

In partnership with the Small Business Development Center, this brand new initiative provides scholarships to Boulder Public Library patrons with demonstrated gaps in basic financial literacy. It offers a targeted approach to provide support and training essential to self-sufficiency and civic engagement.
Grants in the Making: Living Language: An Educational Theater Program for Youth, Early Literacy App, Author Speaker Series

Cultivating Literacy & Lifelong Learning