Our Story

 Read With Me! Pittsburgh started their learning sessions in 2016 in the community room at Carnegie Library  Pittsburgh -Woods Run on the Northshore.  The community room was a safe space for social service providers, and support staff to  gather with their clients and share books, stories and personal life experiences for enlightenment and growth, one-on-one support,  whole group learning and read aloud group activities. 


Read With Me Pittsburgh is a member of the One Northside Education Committee.



Everyone loves to hear a good story.  Everyone does not posses the ability to read and comprehend  the written word enough the navigate the world around them.  I remember my mother reading to me as a child enabling  me to use my imagination.
The ability to read allows one to live life with confidence; having the ability to interpret the world around them on a personal  level. Read With Me! strives to  empower our most vulnerable neighbors. Read With Me! is a developmental reading program for enhanced cognition and memorialization. 

Functional illiteracy is defined as having math, reading, or language skills below a 4th grade level. At this level, people may struggle to read a bus schedule, medicine bottle or job application.


-Our goal is to provide developmental programming that is educational, enlightening and nurturing.


 ” Bridging the gap in literacy  and developmental learning”

Julie Cruz with published author in residency, Dede Rittman.  She is the author of “Grady Gets Glasses.”  
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