International Literacy Day 2016

September 8th was International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day is a global campaign instituted by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to raise awareness about literacy and how it is critical to our region’s economic future

For the third year, The Literacy Cooperative partnered with the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland Public Library and WKYC to celebrate the day. Greater Clevelanders were asked to share a reading pic of themselves with a “recommended read,” and to share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #CLEReads2016 and #RecommendedReads.

TOMORROW, join us in celebrating International Literacy Day with @literacycoop! #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/lCbcV3RGFz

TOMORROW, join us in celebrating International Literacy Day with @literacycoop! #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/lCbcV3RGFz
We started off the day by sharing our own pictures. Our Executive Director Bob Paponetti got in a little reading in front of our banner for our CLE-BEE.

Our Executive Director getting some reading in before our big day today! #CLEBEE #CLEreads2016 #recommenedreads https://t.co/sKh38RuzXT

Our Executive Director getting some reading in before our big day today! #CLEBEE #CLEreads2016 #recommenedreads pic.twitter.com/sKh38RuzXT
Our Director of Adult Literacy and Career Pathways, Laurie Atkins, recommended Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary to prepare for our corporate spelling bee that was also that night

Our Director of Adult Literacy recommends @MerriamWebster to study for our #CLEBEE! #CLEReads2016 #Recommendedreads https://t.co/0xXp7P2SZV

Our Director of Adult Literacy recommends @MerriamWebster to study for our #CLEBEE! #CLEReads2016 #Recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/0xXp7P2SZV
Our Program Assistant, Elaine Yeip, read a bit of “What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada.

Our Program Assistant reading in front of our #CLEBEE banner ready for tonight! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/5wLZ6gNQC1

Our Program Assistant reading in front of our #CLEBEE banner ready for tonight! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/5wLZ6gNQC1
Our Social Media Associate, Brittney Rzucidlo, could not choose just one book to recommend. Her top recommendation was “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

It's International Literacy Day! I cldnt choose just one book to recommend! #CLEreads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/XfB3Ys5hA1

It’s International Literacy Day! I cldnt choose just one book to recommend! #CLEreads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/XfB3Ys5hA1
Our Early Literacy Consultant, Lori Bernstein also posed with her book before our CLE-BEE banner.

Our Early Literacy consultant is ready for International Literacy Day & our #CLEBEE #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/x62acKSP6u

Our Early Literacy consultant is ready for International Literacy Day & our #CLEBEE #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/x62acKSP6u
Mayor Frank Jackson, again participated in our campaign and he recommended “Listening In, The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.”

Mayor Jackson reading - Listening In, The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy #CLEReads2016 https://t.co/PulPcjDF22

Mayor Jackson reading – Listening In, The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy #CLEReads2016 pic.twitter.com/PulPcjDF22
Mayor Jackson was not the only mayor to participate, Mayor Dave Anderson, Mayor of Willoughby, recommended “Centennial,” by James Michener.

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Mayor Dave Anderson! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/POg0F7fDd5

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Mayor Dave Anderson! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/POg0F7fDd5
Mayor Dennis Morley, Mayor of Eastlake, recommended “Batman: The Caped Crusader of Gotham City.”

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day, Mayor Dennis Morley! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/5NO0kY8xUe

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day, Mayor Dennis Morley! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/5NO0kY8xUe
County Executive Armond Budish also joined us for the day. He recommended “It’s All About Who You Hire, How They Lead,” by Morton Mandel.

.@ArmondBudish chooses his book for International Literacy Day! #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/qgWqCOWxZc

.@ArmondBudish chooses his book for International Literacy Day! #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/qgWqCOWxZc
Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland participated in this important day again and recommended “A Fortune-Teller Told Me,” by Tiziano Terzani.

Reading "A Fortune-Teller Told Me" #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/TpYIMBkeyF

Reading “A Fortune-Teller Told Me” #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReadspic.twitter.com/TpYIMBkeyF
Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize Winning columnist, shared her recommendation. She recommended “Dark Money,” by: Jane Mayer.

.@literacycoop Here you go: My #RecommendedRead is "Dark Money" by @JaneMayerNYer. Outstanding. #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/Fg8fx2wuqx

.@literacycoop Here you go: My #RecommendedRead is “Dark Money” by @JaneMayerNYer. Outstanding. #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/Fg8fx2wuqx
Some Cleveland officers, Keith Sulzer and Community Policing Commander Johnny Johnson, even took part sharing books that they thought others needed to read.

Officer Keith Sulzer with his recommended read from International Literacy Day!! What was yours? #clereads2016

Officer Keith Sulzer with his recommended read from International Literacy Day!! What was yours? #clereads2016

Community Policing Commander Johnny Johnson with his recommended read? Did you share yours with us? #clereads2016

Community Policing Commander Johnny Johnson with his recommended read? Did you share yours with us? #clereads2016
We also had a number of writers/authors share their recommended read with us.
Cinda Chima, author of the Heir Chronicles and The Seven Realms Series recommended Leigh Bardugo’s “Six of Crows.”

In OTHER news, it's #LiteracyDay ! Here I am with my current read. @LBardugo https://t.co/HtL5jpUkVe

In OTHER news, it’s #LiteracyDay ! Here I am with my current read. @LBardugopic.twitter.com/HtL5jpUkVe
Nancy L. Schuemann a fiction and nonfiction author recommended “Lab Test.”
Children’s Author Tricia Springstubb recommended “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Hey Cleveland! These are my fav literary sisters. Love all 3 books. #CLEReads2016 #Recommendreads https://t.co/v8QhwXZkS0

Hey Cleveland! These are my fav literary sisters. Love all 3 books. #CLEReads2016 #Recommendreads pic.twitter.com/v8QhwXZkS0
WKYC has always been a great partner for this campaign. There were a number of fantastic recommendations from the staff!

@RussWKYC from WKYC recommends The Gentleman from Ohio! Thank you for sharing!! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/NlBsLIw9oJ

@RussWKYC from WKYC recommends The Gentleman from Ohio! Thank you for sharing!! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreadspic.twitter.com/NlBsLIw9oJ

Positive peer pressure is my tool for lifting literacy rate! This book by @TIRosenberg is my bible. #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/iIwvJFZHKo

Positive peer pressure is my tool for lifting literacy rate! This book by @tirosenberg is my bible. #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/iIwvJFZHKo

Happy #NationalLiteracyDay ! Hope you enjoy a great read this evening too! @wkyc #RecommendedReads #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/wfmq0P9eTZ

Happy #NationalLiteracyDay ! Hope you enjoy a great read this evening too! @wkyc #RecommendedReads #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/wfmq0P9eTZ

Happy#NationalLiteracyDay! My #tbt is my favorite book as a child. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads @wkyc https://t.co/2LGAvWthuh

Happy#NationalLiteracyDay! My #tbt is my favorite book as a child. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads @wkyc pic.twitter.com/2LGAvWthuh

Happy International Literacy day! Great book to read to kids!#recommendedreads #wkyc https://t.co/sEZzoNl7Rx

Happy International Literacy day! Great book to read to kids!#recommendedreads #wkyc pic.twitter.com/sEZzoNl7Rx

@SaraShookman recommends @amyschumer's newest book! Thank you for joining us today! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/8dXzHwi7SF

@SaraShookman recommends @amyschumer‘s newest book! Thank you for joining us today! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReadspic.twitter.com/8dXzHwi7SF
Our board members Gary Clark and Craig Dorn also shared great books that they thought others should read!

#CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer Celebrating International Literacy Day! https://t.co/5jXT9NSvVq

#CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer Celebrating International Literacy Day! pic.twitter.com/5jXT9NSvVq
Our board member Craig Dorn from @YOUCleveland reading @margbern book before our #CLEBEE tonight! #CLEReads2016 https://t.co/vCiIwdGF9m
Our board member Craig Dorn from @YOUCleveland reading @margbern book before our #CLEBEE tonight! #CLEReads2016 pic.twitter.com/vCiIwdGF9m
Our Executive Director’s children made sure they shared what they were reading with everyone as well!

Our Executive Director daughter studying up on Occupational Therapy! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/OBAuxCGJfV

Our Executive Director daughter studying up on Occupational Therapy! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/OBAuxCGJfV

Our Executive Director's son reading about the Physics of Star Trek! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/qJfjxRZVs8

Our Executive Director’s son reading about the Physics of Star Trek! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/qJfjxRZVs8

Our Executive Director's daughter with her #recommendedread, the new Harry Potter! What's yours? #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/OdUH5K93Mm

Our Executive Director’s daughter with her #recommendedread, the new Harry Potter! What’s yours? #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/OdUH5K93Mm

Our Executive Director's son reading his recommendation! Have you shared yours? #CLEReads2016 https://t.co/LUvkCgawKc

Our Executive Director’s son reading his recommendation! Have you shared yours? #CLEReads2016 pic.twitter.com/LUvkCgawKc
Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club, shared a pic with the author of his recommended read!

I think @KarlRove will join me in recommending "The Triumph of William McKinley" this #LiteracyDay. #GovernInProse https://t.co/dCXlZ6xzOs

I think @KarlRove will join me in recommending “The Triumph of William McKinley” this #LiteracyDay. #GovernInProse pic.twitter.com/dCXlZ6xzOs

It's International Literacy Day and this mind bender by Nick Sousanis is one of my #RecommendedReads #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/UuAynBl1sK

It’s International Literacy Day and this mind bender by Nick Sousanis is one of my #RecommendedReads #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/UuAynBl1sK

#clevelandpubliclibrary OPS staff member Leslie is reading her favorite book "Almost Perfect" at #cplyouthservices to celebrate the International Literacy Day. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads #wereadhere #shelfie

#clevelandpubliclibrary OPS staff member Leslie is reading her favorite book “Almost Perfect” at #cplyouthservices to celebrate the International Literacy Day. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads #wereadhere #shelfie

Celebrating #InternationalLiteracyDay with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/gYI4ZqoiOa

Celebrating #InternationalLiteracyDay with Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/gYI4ZqoiOa
North East Ohio Regional Library System shared a great picture of them reading their recommended reads with some of their dogs!

Celebrating International Literacy Day here at NEO-RLS #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads. #DogsForLiteracy https://t.co/aXNNWZ3dDB

Celebrating International Literacy Day here at NEO-RLS #CLEReads2016#RecommendedReads. #DogsForLiteracy pic.twitter.com/aXNNWZ3dDB
The Willoughby-Eastlake Library shared some fantastic pictures of staff and community members reading an array of books in a variety of great places!

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Polewchak family! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/GoonY4VqxG

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Polewchak family! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/GoonY4VqxG

Thank for participating in International Literacy Day, Ann Radcliffe, Lake County Recorder! Ann recommends Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots. #clereads2016 #Recommendedreads

Thank for participating in International Literacy Day, Ann Radcliffe, Lake County Recorder! Ann recommends Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies: The Patriots. #clereads2016 #Recommendedreads

@IBBjames @ibbgary It's International Literacy Day-join us and share your photos! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/fXcaxpSxbg

@IBBjames @ibbgary It’s International Literacy Day-join us and share your photos! #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/fXcaxpSxbg

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Clint Simons! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/9TsVPNbkc4

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Clint Simons! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/9TsVPNbkc4

It's International Literacy Day! This is Rick Werner, our W-E Library Director. #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/AHuZUlSz78

It’s International Literacy Day! This is Rick Werner, our W-E Library Director. #CLEReads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/AHuZUlSz78

@KevinDMalecek Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/nuL6CdGDeL

@KevinDMalecek Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/nuL6CdGDeL

@nicolemparker4 Thank you for joining in International Literacy Day Parker family! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/0KxK96oevn

@nicolemparker4 Thank you for joining in International Literacy Day Parker family! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/0KxK96oevn

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day, Karen from @WWLCchamber! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/nEtq2Ey9Yc

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day, Karen from @WWLCchamber! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreadspic.twitter.com/nEtq2Ey9Yc

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Sue Penicka! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/4Lh3YSTfuE

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Sue Penicka! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/4Lh3YSTfuE

Thanks for participating in International Literacy Day, Trent Ross! #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/Xx6giZLmPc

Thanks for participating in International Literacy Day, Trent Ross! #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/Xx6giZLmPc

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Lisa Heacox! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/IoKYhn1JHC

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Lisa Heacox! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/IoKYhn1JHC

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day @lacaszatt! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/kSTktiiF0V

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day @lacaszatt! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/kSTktiiF0V

@LakeHumaneSoc Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Lee Nesler! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/pchomAkEFy

@LakeHumaneSoc Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Lee Nesler! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/pchomAkEFy

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Athena Gerber! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/HqRwilxgbl

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Athena Gerber! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/HqRwilxgbl

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Eric Linderman! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads https://t.co/76Wnkzz3FE

Thank you for participating in International Literacy Day Eric Linderman! #CLEReads2016 #recommendedreads pic.twitter.com/76Wnkzz3FE

It is International Literacy Day! I recommend reading anything by James Baldwin. #clereads2016 #recommendedreads @welibrary

It is International Literacy Day! I recommend reading anything by James Baldwin. #clereads2016 #recommendedreads @welibrary
Westlake Porter and a few other librarians shared the books they thought everyone needs to read!

In honor of International Literacy Day some of our youth staff are sharing their recommended reads! What book would you recommend? #internationalliteracyday #clereads2016 #recommendedreads

In honor of International Literacy Day some of our youth staff are sharing their recommended reads! What book would you recommend? #internationalliteracyday #clereads2016 #recommendedreads

Reading sparks imagination-loved A CHILD OF BOOKS by @OliverJeffers & @samwinston_ #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/OjaowxmeXq

Reading sparks imagination-loved A CHILD OF BOOKS by @OliverJeffers & @samwinston_ #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReadspic.twitter.com/OjaowxmeXq
The Books at Work staff made sure they shared their recommendations with everyone on International Literacy Day as well!

Celebrate #LiteracyDay with a good read! Love Where'd You Go, Bernadette. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads https://t.co/UakueXHnEe

Celebrate #LiteracyDay with a good read! Love Where’d You Go, Bernadette. #CLEreads2016 #RecommendedReads pic.twitter.com/UakueXHnEe

We're reading 'The Boys on the Boat' in our programs. #RecommendedReads #LiteracyDay #CLEreads2016 https://t.co/xpiIkP6vzs

We’re reading ‘The Boys on the Boat’ in our programs. #RecommendedReads#LiteracyDay #CLEreads2016 pic.twitter.com/xpiIkP6vzs
At our CLE-BEE Corporate Spelling Bee that was held on September 8th, we had a selfie station. A number of guests, team members, participants and even our reader Mike Snyder shared their recommended reads!!

Our selfie station all set up and ready to take some fun pics tonight! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE https://t.co/pTCeEHVpO0

Our selfie station all set up and ready to take some fun pics tonight! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE pic.twitter.com/pTCeEHVpO0

One of our readers Mike Snyder Sports Director for WTAM 1100 shared his favorite type of books! #clereads2016

One of our readers Mike Snyder Sports Director for WTAM 1100 shared his favorite type of books! #clereads2016

Cleveland officer Keith Sulzer made sure to share his reading recommendation as well! #clereads2016

Cleveland officer Keith Sulzer made sure to share his reading recommendation as well! #clereads2016

Our former intern Josh had a great book recommendation at our selfie station! #clereads2016

Our former intern Josh had a great book recommendation at our selfie station! #clereads2016

Reading recommendations at our selfie station! One suggestion Grit! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE https://t.co/8ocdxRMESa

Reading recommendations at our selfie station! One suggestion Grit! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE pic.twitter.com/8ocdxRMESa

Another suggestion! What's yours? #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE https://t.co/paJijBvhI3

Another suggestion! What’s yours? #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEEpic.twitter.com/paJijBvhI3

@cassieclare your Mortal Instruments series was one of the recommendations tonight! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE https://t.co/EHJdlkbjSe

@cassieclare your Mortal Instruments series was one of the recommendations tonight! #CLEreads2016 #CLEBEE pic.twitter.com/EHJdlkbjSe

So many fantastic recommendations were given. Did you add any new books to your #TBR pile after International Literacy Day? #clereads2016

So many fantastic recommendations were given. Did you add any new books to your #TBR pile after International Literacy Day? #clereads2016

Our International Literacy Day selfie booth at our #CLEBee provided some great book recommendations! Have you read any of these? #clereads2016

Our International Literacy Day selfie booth at our #CLEBee provided some great book recommendations! Have you read any of these? #clereads2016
Thank you to all who participated and made this campaign another great day of spreading awareness about the importance of literacy