Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

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Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy

Format:  Hardcover,

290 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9780670025985

ISBN-10: 0670025984

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The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books
What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector--and succeeded spectacularly.
In his acclaimed first book, "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World," Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization's next steps and its latest challenges--from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, "Creating Room to Read" shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.
People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood's inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love "Creating Room to Read" for its spellbinding story of one man's mission to put books within every child's reach.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780670025985
ISBN-10: 0670025984
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 290
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction: Ten Years, Ten Thousand Libraries!p. 1
Bold Goals Attract Bold Peoplep. 10
A Kilogram of Goldp. 17
The Lottery of Lifep. 25
Blame It on Bahundandap. 34
Helping Others Help Themselves: The Challenge-Grant Modelp. 43
GSD: Building a World-Class Teamp. 54
The Tsunami: One Year Afterp. 67
No Range Rovers": The War on Overheadp. 76
Searching for Seussp. 88
-Baby Fish Goes to Schoolp. 99
Sleepless in Siem Reapp. 109
I Was in Grade Two When Our School Was Burned Downp. 120
Sony, but Your Money Has Disappearedp. 129
We Picked Up the Phone to Call for Helpp. 141
Nine Books Last Nightp. 154
On Her Narrow Shoulders Rest a Family's Dreamsp. 163
Mr. Xp. 174
Now Departing for Cambodia: Literacy Onep. 182
Frantic Footsteps in the Nightp. 195
The World's Tallest Fund-raising Thermometerp. 203
Whose Version of the Future Will Win?p. 217
Boat to Readp. 228
If You Cannot Read, School Can Be a Torturep. 240
Three Completely Pregnant Cowsp. 250
Mr. Poet and Miss Libraryp. 260
Author's Notep. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Indexp. 281
A Message from the Author: How You Can Change the Worldp. 289

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-12-01)

In what sometimes seems like a post-book world, it is easy for technologically savvy readers to forget that many people lack basic literacy and have no access to books (regardless of format) at all. Wood (founder, Room To Read; Leaving Microsoft To Change the World) looks back at the work of his literacy organization, on the opening of the 10, 000th library it helped build in Southeast Asia and Africa.

The Room To Read program is based on a challenge-grant model that works with local communities to build support for individual projects. Room To Read does not define itself as a charity; monies given are investments, not donations. The organization has expanded to include teacher training, education programs for girls (who make up two-thirds of the world's illiterate population), and book publishing in local languages. Wood traces the philosophy and growth of the organization and tells the stories of the people in these communities.

Verdict: Inspiring and heartfelt, this will remind readers that books and reading remain a powerful tool for change. Wood's story shows how even the most intractable problems have solutions when people work together.

-Nancy Almand, Fresno City Coll. Lib., CA

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books

What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly.

In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges—from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.

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