I’m very excited to announce a new Readeo initiative today!

The best thing about BookChat is that it lets us read to and connect with the children we love from anywhere. With Readeo, Internet access, and a webcam, we can read with children a block away or half a world away. My son has a better relationship with his grandparents because they spend time reading together every week.

Children today need more adults to take a sincere interest in their education, learning, and development. 70% of children reaching the 4th grade now read below grade level. This is an unbelievably sad statistic and we hope, in a small way, that our new program can help begin to reverse the tide in this literacy crisis.

We’ve partnered with Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) to create an entirely new volunteering experience. We’re calling it eVolunteering. Our eVolunteers will read to children in CICS’s Loomis Primary Campus using Readeo’s BookChat technology. This means a Readeo eVolunteer from Florida could read to one of the children at Loomis in Chicago. Each week, our eVolunteers will read with the same child for 30 minutes.

We are piloting this project with one 2nd grade class of 27 students. We’ll be reading with these students in two different sessions at 1:30 CT and at 2 CT each Thursday beginning on March 3rd.

We’d love for you to sign up as an eVolunteer. You can eVolunteer from your office, home, school, or local coffee shop. It’s free to participate – all we need is your time and commitment. If you’d like to become a Readeo eVolunteer, please fill out a short eVolunteer application by clicking on this link!

Finally, I would like to thank Meghan Schmidt at CICS and April Shaw at Loomis  for their enthusiasm and help in setting this up! They’ve been fantastic to work with! And, a special thanks to Sandbox Industries for sponsoring the equipment for the school!

Readeo at the KSL Book Festival 2010

Readeo is a proud partner of the Read Today program—a literacy initiative that promotes literacy and an interest in books all year long throughout the state of Utah. As a piece of that partnership, we were invited by KSL TV in Salt Lake City to join in the first annual KSL Book Festival at the University of Utah last Saturday.

Part of the Read Today Summer Challenge, the festival was all about celebrating imagination and the written word and featured New York Times best-selling authors Richard Paul Evans and Brandon Mull, performances by David Osmond, Paul Cardall, the Creativity in Action Dance Co. and others. While we were there, we also saw Ronald McDonald, Curious George, princesses, and even a few Star Wars characters.

The festival was a fun, free family event and a great opportunity to talk with some of our users and to share the Readeo experience with new people. It was great to see the excitement of children and adults alike as they watched Readeo CEO Coby Neuenschwader share storytime as he BookChatted with his niece over the Internet.

We want to thank KSL—particularly Nadine Wimmer, Angela Folsom, and Steve Poulson—for their dedication and proactive approach to literacy, and for allowing us to be a part of the festival. We hope it becomes a regular event to celebrate books, reading, and imagination.

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We just have to say it: “Mil Spouses” are awesome.

We spent last weekend at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada with around 200 of our country’s finest. The SpouseBUZZ Live event was put on by the good folks over at Military.com‘s SpouseBUZZ, and since we believe Readeo can be a huge benefit to military families who are usually stationed far from those they love, we sponsored a table there to get to know these good people and offer them Readeo accounts in thanks for everything they do for our country.

It was a fantastic event that showed the true class of the presenters. The show was completely free to attendees and offered panels and discussions on the trials and sometimes humorous experiences of being a military spouse, life insurance tips, and a sort of personal storytelling experience. Oh- and there was great food and thousands of dollars worth of prizes given out.

SpouseBUZZ Live at Nellis Air Force Base
Readeo’s little table (left) and the very funny Mollie Gross entertaining the crowd (right)

Vince, the MC for SpouseBUZZ, called it “a sort of revival” and I think he was right. At it’s core, SpouseBUZZ Live is a group of people bound together by common experience, common goals, and a common desire to support others in similar situations. It was a time for people to open up and share their knowledge, trials, and triumphs with what were essentially strangers, but who treated each other like—and eventually became family.

I came away with a much greater respect for the people who really support our troops: their spouses.

A special thanks to Military.com and SpouseBUZZ for having us, and to the good ladies (and a few men, too) who shared their stories with us while we were there. You can see more pictures with a complete rundown of the event on the SpouseBUZZ blog here.

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Hello everyone!  I just wanted to take a second to make you aware of something you may not have heard of.  Did you know that in addition to being the home of April Fools and Easter, April is also the Month of the Military Child?  The Month of the Military Child was created to recognize military children and the sacrifices they make while their parents serve in the military.  More than 1.7 million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the military! (more…)

Posted in Events, News by Adam

It’s been a knock-down, drag-out fight but our Final Four has been decided. Will Winnie the Pooh lay the snack-down on an overly Curious George? Will The Little Engine That Could steamroll its way past ‘Wild King’ Max? Vote now to help decide who will continue on in their quest to become Readeo’s Children’s Book Character Champion!

Posted in Books, Events by Adam