Community involvement is important to us at Worzalla. Although our business and the shipments of the books we print span from the Atlantic to the Pacific, we remain committed to the community we call home.
Our involvement within the Stevens Point community is broad, but our main focus is to promote reading. We have been hugely involved in founding and giving continued support and promotion to the Stevens Point community Reading First program, which started back in 2000-2001.
Reading First promotes reading aloud as a family for 20 minutes each day. Reading aloud is a simple way to increase knowledge and creativity in children, and doing so as a family helps to create an environment of growth and understanding. Every year Worzalla helps to choose books for summer and winter reading opportunities. 300 to 500 featured “community reading books” are given out to families with young children. Lucy Cousins’s Maisy Makes Lemonade and Gary Paulson’s Lawn Boy are the featured books for this summer (2013).
On top of free books, the Reading First program also sponsors free events such as The Soup-er Bowl each February, where families can come and have a free soup dinner and watch a movie, and free concerts, such as the Tom Pease Concert that was held in Steven Point’s Pfiffner Park on Tuesday, July 9th.
Reading First also makes appearances at other local/community events such as the river front Art in the Park and the June Dairy Days.
Reading is something to be enjoyed by all ages, and we are proud to help sponsor Reading First as a program that promotes reading, especially for young children and families.
For more information on the Reading First program please contact Cheri Karch at ckarch@Worzalla.com or 715-344-9600 x200.
Other local/ community organizations that Worzalla is proud to support:
Wisconsin State Historical Society
United Way of Portage County
Portage County Literacy Council
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Cornerstone Press
- Seize the Summer! Read Aloud 15 Minutes or More Every Day (jkrbooks.typepad.com)