Emphasizing the importance of literacy and creating access to literature in low-income students.

In Will County Schools


The average percent of low-income students


The average percent of students on par for third grade reading


The average percent of students on par for 11th grade reading


The percent of kindergarten children* start school without the basic skills they need to succeed

*National Statistic (US Dept. of Education).

Download  Will County School Report Card Data

Poverty and Literacy

Areas with a higher percentage of low income students have a higher rate of chronic truancy and are less likely to be on par with their grade level reading. These schools then see lower SAT performance and a lower graduation rate.

Learn more about how poverty impacts children’s literacy

Our Work

We emphasize the importance of literacy and create access to literature for low-income students and their parents as these low income students are less likely to read at grade level. This project includes My Little Free Libraries, reading to kids through partners, and sharing materials on the importance of literacy, all while promoting the local public library.

Facets of Read to Succeed

  • My Little Free Libraries
  • Opportunities to Read to Kids through partners
  • Development of materials on the importance of literacy
  • Informational sessions on literacy through partners
  • Promotion of public libraries

Future goals for Read to Succeed:

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Get Involved with Read to Succeed

Learn How

  1. Attend a meeting for Women United’s Read to Succeed: Use our Facebook Group to stay updated and RSVP for meetings.
  2. Stay updated on Read to Succeed: Join our email list 
  3. Supply a My Little Free Library: You, your friends, your family, or your office would collect or sponsor the library’s bookshelf and supply the books. The number of books, age range, and selection, will be determined in collaboration with local literacy experts. Contact Sarah Oprzedek, Vice President of Operations & Development at 815.723.2500 ext 107
  4. Host a My Little Free Library: Does your location service low income children? Is the library in your community inaccessible to many families in your community? Contact Loren Yaksich, Community Impact Manager at 815.723.2500 ext 108

Host a Book Drive

Book drives can be hosted by you personally, or you can ask your workplace or a business you frequent to host.

United Way of Will County book drives support our Read to Succeed program’s My Little Free Libraries.

Book Drive Flyer

Will County Public Libraries

Women United

Read to Succeed is still in developmental stages, as Women United takes on the challenge of increasing childhood literacy in Will County. Join our efforts today!

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