A Historic Collaboration of North Coast Communities Working to Build Home Libraries for Students in the Dominican Republic

For Immediate Release:

November 23, 2016

Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic- November 23, 2016, The Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project is hosting their third annual My Very Own Library DREAM Book Fair today in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs, supported by the family and friends of My Very Own Library (MVOL) founder, Anne Feeley (1958-2012) and the Bailey Tuvell Family. DREAM is pleased to welcome actor and National Head Start Literacy Ambassador Taye Diggs, along with partner and co-author of the Book Series Mixed Me, Shane Evans. Both authors will present to participating youth and serve as Honorary Guests.

The MVOL book fair events will afford more than 2,000 students in the Dominican Republic the opportunity to select 10 free new Spanish Language books, over the course of the school year, to take home and build their own home libraries. The events will also be paired with motivational literacy activities, inspiring visits from authors such as Geraldine de Santis, winner of the Premio Dominicano de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil awarded by the Fundación SM, and will include a variety of literacy workshops that will be offered to families, so that they can learn how to better support reading in the home.

Since 2014, DREAM and MVOL have been partnering in 6 Public Schools and 5 DREAM Schools along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Each year these young readers choose more than 20,000 books from the Scholastic Book Fair to create libraries in their own homes. Allowing the participating students to choose their own books at the book fairs is a critical component of the program, based on research in the Kids & Family Reading Report™ from Scholastic, in which 90% of children ages 6-17 agreed that “I am more likely to finish a book I have picked out myself.” Parents support the program through reading the books at home with their children and as one parent declared, “My son loves to read. He feels marvelous when he reads and feels like he is inside of the book as the main character…Thank you for this opportunity.”

The first book fair for 2016-17 will take place at The DREAM Education Center in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, followed by two additional book fairs in Ausberto Luna Lagombra School in La Unión, the Salomé Ureña School in La Ciénaga and Máximo Acosta in Abreu. The three book fairs will highlight the importance of reading and its role in providing high quality education to the children of the Dominican Republic. These books will provide countless hours of reading, critical thinking and motivational activities in the homes of the underserved communities of Abreu, Islabón, Cabarete, Sosúa, Villa Liberación, Sabaneta and Caraballo.

The 2,000 students participating in this program will be selected from DREAM’s Early Childhood and High Quality Primary Education: Montessori Preschools, Young Stars, DREAM Summer Schools and Camps, DREAM Con Libros (The DREAM Mobile Library Program) and The DREAM Public Library Program, in addition to five area public schools. The goal of the DREAM Book Fairs is to improve literacy rates and ensure that all youth in the country have access to books and a brighter tomorrow, free from the cycle of poverty. DREAM strives to support and partner with the Dominican Ministry of Education, reversing the trend of low performing academic results and creating a shared culture of reading and high quality education.  To learn more about the DREAM Project and to support this memorable event, please visit:, or

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