Welcome to Reading Works

“When I began to read, I began to exist.”  – Walter Dean Myers

Reading Works is dedicated to raising the level of literacy for adults across the metropolitan Detroit region.  This mission is based on the knowledge that reading at a minimum proficiency is necessary for achieving the sustainable work and life skills that will transform the future of individuals, their families and our region.

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Congratulations to Bill Haney for a hugely successful launch for his new book “What They Were Thinking” on September 17th.  Here, Haney is speaking to our guests, which included Academy Award-winning film maker Sue Marx who is featured in Haney’s book.  The evening was hosted by Denise Ilitch at 220 Merrill in Birmingham.  The restaurant provide a beautiful setting with excellent food and service, helping 200 guests to celebrate Haney’s book about Michigan “decision-makers.”  Proceeds of the evening is benefiting Reading Works.  To read more about the book and see great photos of the event,  click on the photo above and visit the Sunday 9/21/14 edition of the Detroit Free Press.

Thanks to the generosity and the creative team at Skidmore Studio, Reading Works has a new look! The gear reflects the rich manufacturing history of our region as well as the “gearing up” our learners do as they prepare for success through reading. The globe reflects both the broad diversity of our region and our learners’ potential. The book pays homage to our original logo while suggesting wings that will lift up our learners, their families and our region.

Reading Works is grateful to Tim Smith and Skidmore Studio for this beautiful, very special gift that will be the symbol of the Reading Works mission for a very long time.


Want to see how Reading Works is helping raise the level of adult literacy in our community? Click here to watch this stirring video of one individual’s journey.