Despite the best efforts of governments, nonprofits, and local communities, literacy remains a serious problem in our nation's low-income communities. Studies have shown that approximately 50% of unemployed young adults in the US are functionally illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs. Indeed, children who fail to develop some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years, further compounding an already serious issue.

Literacy in Motion aims to leverage existing resources to promote literacy and awareness through an innovative extension of local libraries: Book-Vending Kiosks. By bringing age-appropriate books directly into the communities that need them most, LIM will foster strong reading habits among children and families, spread the joy of reading, and improve the futures of low-income children in New York City.