Thursday, November 1, 2012


Friday, October 19, 2012

Malala Yousafzai is a 15-year old girl who was attacked for standing up for the right of girls in Pakistan to learn, read, and be themselves.  So a group of Brooklyn girls are standing up with her.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pledge and Registration Forms

Here is the registration form to use for the Read-a-Thon.

Here is the pledge form to use for the Read-a-Thon. (You need to download and print it.)

Sample text for solicitation:

Dear Friend,
I am writing to ask for your support of my efforts to stand up for girls like me who want to learn, read and be themselves. 
On November 3, 2012 I will be participating in Girls Read for Girls, a read-a-thon inspired by Malala, a 15 year-old Pakistani activist currently struggling to recover from wounds inflicted by those opposed to her fight for girls’ education and human rights. 
My goal is to read __ pages.   Your contribution of __ per page would make a big difference.
All proceeds will support Developments in Literacy (DIL), a 501(c)(3) organization that educates and empowers underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools in remote areas of Pakistan.
If you would like to learn more about our read-a-thon or Malala, please see
Thank you so much for your contribution. 

When and Where

Saturday, November 3rd from 1:00 - 4:00

New York Public Library in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 9th Street and 6th Ave.

Read-A-Thon Inspired by Malala

Girls Read for Girls
(Inspired by Malala)

Malala Yousafzai is a student from the town of Mingora, Pakistan.  She is a brave activist working for the rights of girls to attend school.  Her activism includes writing a blog that was produced by the BBC when she was only 11 years old.  In diary entries she wrote by hand and passed to reporters, Malala describes what it’s like to live in an environment defined by violence and talks passionately about how much she wants to go to school and learn.  

On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot and seriously injured by Taliban gunmen while returning home from school.  She was specifically targeted because of her values and courage.  

We go to a great school.  We feel confident, safe and respected.  Every day we learn from parents, teachers and other adults who push us to think broadly about the world and ask big, hard questions.   We are encouraged to read what we want, plan our futures and pursue our interests.  We know that we will have real opportunities to keep learning and to participate fully in our society. 

We believe this is how the world should be for all girls everywhere.

We are inspired by Malala and want to show our support for her, her family and all the people who show tremendous courage in the fight for girls’ education.

On November 3, we'll be participating in a Read-a-Thon to support Developments in Literacy, an organization that supports girls’ education in Pakistan.  

To learn more about Malala – please see the following links:

Malala's blog

New York Times documentary

New York Times story