The debate over the importance of libraries and the role they play in putting books into the hands of not only the very young, but whole communities, continues to be fought on many fronts. Creating Room to Read is not just an inspiring read but a powerful reinforcement of the global significance of literacy for all.
The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books.
What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the non-profit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,’ he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the non-profit sector-and succeeded spectacularly.
In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges-from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored.
People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.
You can read an extract of Creating Room to Read HERE.