Category Archives: Outreach

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day 2020

Newark, Md. — Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) is proud to announce it will take part in the annual World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Student and staff can participate in the global project using the following steps via Flipgrid:

  • Go to
  • Log in using Office 365  or Google credentials (teachers can log in for younger students)
  • Hit the Green circle with the white plus sign
  • Introduce yourself by stating your name, state, and country
  • Read an excerpt from your favorite book/poem
  • Share why that excerpt is important

The global project is in conjunction with LitWorld, a nonprofit that encourages self-empowerment and community change through literacy. World Read AloudDay now reaches millions of people in more than 100 countries.


“Kindness Matters, Readers Count” at Fruitland Primary

Salisbury, MD — Fruitland Primary School (FPS) continues to put literacy first in its “Kindness Matters, Readers County” literacy initiative. With the donations of many organizations, each child at FPS got a new book on the first day of school. As popularity grew in the project, Mrs. Lisa Forbush determined the project will turn into three phrases — beginning of the school year, winter break, and end of school year — where each child will get a book.

The Eastern Shore Literacy Association is proud to support FPS in its initiative sponsoring three different classes for phase two of the project.


ESLA continues supporting Habitat for Humanity

Salisbury, MD — The Eastern Shore Literacy Association (ESLA) continues to support Habitat for Humanity fo Wicomico County. Today, ESLA members presented a bookshelf with books for a new Habitat home. Beginning literacy at a young age is crucial in a child’s development, and ESLA hopes to support those new Habitat homes with young children.

ESLA supports initiatives in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.


ESLA nominated as Light of Literacy Luminary

Salisbury, MD — The Eastern Shore Literacy Association was nominated for a Light of Literacy Award.  The annual awards celebration, hosted by the Friends of the Wicomico County Public Libraries, recognizes those “Luminaries” whose actions demonstrate a deep understanding of the transformational power of literacy in the lives of those in our community. This awards ceremony brings together leaders from around the area to recognize those who are luminaries in our community, lighting the way for lighting the way for others by their example.

“As president of the Eastern Shore Literacy Association, I am humbled to have our organization nominated for this award,” Shannon Vaughan, a first grade teacher at Chipman Elementary, stated. “Our organization pushes to share the message literacy matters to people in our local communities and consistently is hoping to make a difference in the lives of children in our area.”

The organization award of the Light of Literacy Awards Breakfast is presented to a local business or organization in recognition of that company’s efforts to improve the literacy of our community. Examples include support of literacy focused programs or initiatives (reading, computer, financial, health or economic literacies), providing time for employees to engage the community in support of these literacies, or providing financial support for organizations in our community who make literacies more accessible.

Furthermore, ESLA Past President Lizanne Wallace, librarian at The Salisbury School, was also nominated in the educator category.

“What an honor to be nominated,” Wallace said after learning of her nomination. “We are blessed to be in a community which supports literacy and our children. I am truly blessed to be able to put books into the hands of children and share with them my passion of reading.”

The Light of Literacy Awards Breakfast is slated for Thursday, April 25 from 8-10 am at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Tickets for the event can be purchased online for $20.


Hundreds of books in the hands of children

ESRC President Lizanne Wallace, left, is shown with one pair of community members attending the annual Wild About Reading event at the Salisbury Zoo. The ESRC continues to co-sponsor the event and hands out books to community members in attendance.

  • Wild About Read event a huge success

Salisbury, Md. — The  Salisbury Zoo and Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC)  partnered with a variety of community organizations to offer a focused evening on literacy activities around components of the zoo. Children and parents were invited to learn about different zoo animals through a variety of literacy activities.

“It is always a wonderful opportunity to interact with the children of our local communities and share the power of literacy,” ESRC President Lizanne Wallace stated about the annual event as the organization gave away hundreds of different titles away to children. “We want to continue to support children and families offering books and tools to support literacy in the home. The Zoo along with the many organizations here offer a great platform for us to interact with the youth of our community. We are very thankful to be part of this event every year.”

Council supports Read Across America celebration


Two children shows off books handed out by the Eastern Shore Reading Council at the 11th annual Read Across America event at the Wicomico County Public Library.

Salisbury, Md. — The Eastern Shore Reading Council supported the Salisbury Jaycees in its 11th annual Read Across America event hosted at the Wicomico Public Library. The Saturday event brought together over a 100 parents and children as they had the opportunity to listen intently to numerous local celebrity readers as well as Miss Maryland Teen USA Caleigh Shade share their favorite childhood books.

Miss Maryland Teen USA Caleigh Shade reads A Cat in the Hat to children at the 11th annual Read Across America event hosted by the Salisbury Jaycees at the Wicomico Public Library

Each child present had the opportunity to take a free book (or two) compliments of the ESRC in between photos and fun with guest celebrities the Cat in the Hat, Saul the Salisbury Jaycees Bear, and Sherman of the Delmarva Shorebird. In addition, children had the chance to tour a fire truck courtesy of the Salisbury Fire Department.

“We love being involved in this event. The kids had a lot of fun, and I got to see some of my students joining in the literacy festivity,” ESRC member and Fruitland Intermediate teacher Magic Mapp stated. “It’s great when the Council can partner with other great organizations that want the best for children.”