Chatham Reads is a partnership led by Chatham County Schools and the Chatham Education Foundation partnering with other local community organizations to bring awareness of literacy to the community.

The mission of Chatham Reads is to foster community partnerships that are dedicated to ensuring that literacy and reading resources are accessible to all Chatham County residents. We have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and are working to ensure that our children are reading at or beyond grade-level by the end of 3rd grade. Learn more about this campaign HERE.

Give the gift of reading during our Fall 2020 BOOK DRIVE now through December 16, 2020.

Chatham Reads is collecting new and GENTLY used books to distribute to kids in Chatham County.

Drop off locations: Briar Chapel Clubhouse porch, 501 Pharmacy, Opus Financial, Peppercorn Coffee Shop in Siler City.

For more details, contact Sarah Linkhorn:

Thanks to funding from the NC Legislature and local partners, Chatham County children ages birth to four years old can receive a new book in the mail each month at no cost to the family. Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of North Carolina’s youngest children. Click HERE to find out more!

Chatham County Schools has completed two successful years of Kindergarten Readiness Camp! Help spread the word and get our kids on TracK. Register HERE.

Chatham County Partnership for Children Presents Day of the Books

Each year in April, Chatham County Partnership for Children hosts a children’s festival in Siler City, NC, called Day of the Books or El Día de los Libros. The festival promotes literacy, the arts, early childhood education and multiculturalism. All children who attend receive free books.

Volunteers are needed. If you are interested please email Ruth at

Chatham Education Foundation launched their new SOAR Literacy Tutoring program! This program provides specialized literacy tutoring to students not meeting literacy benchmarks. Tutors are trained with the Augustine Literacy Project, a proven program with strong results. Select 2nd graders will receive specialized, one-on-one literacy tutoring. Watch them SOAR! Click HERE for more information.

Please email for more information

Want to easily find out the reading level of a book? Try the Level It app. Finding the reading levels/measures is as easy as scanning the ISBN on the back of your book. Within seconds, you will be viewing the Guided Reading (GR), DRA, Grade Level Equivalent (GLE), and/or Lexile levels/measures for your books. Our friends at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Carolina in Siler City use this app to help students in their after school program find books that match up just right for them! Click HERE for more information.

Little Libraries

Chatham Reads has placed 8 Little Libraries throughout Chatham County. Click here for information and locations!

Check our Community Partners and Press and Events Pages for the latest information about Chatham Reads!

Chatham Reads

PO Box 1518

Pittsboro, NC 27312

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