Book’em Helps Put Books in the Hands of Every Nashville Child

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Nashville, Tennessee-based realtor Roxanna Anspach Devlin helps Keller Williams clients buy and sell homes. As an active community member and advocate for learning and literacy, Roxanna Devlin actively supports Book’em in Nashville.

Book’em facilitates a more literate Nashville through efforts to put books in the hands of children from diverse backgrounds. The group was founded in 1989, the result of four women who recognized a need in the community. In partnership with Reading is FUNdamental, the organization began to collect books.

Today, Book’em makes a difference through the Books for Nashville Kids program. This unique service collects books for nonprofit organizations working in other sectors. Annually, the group supplies 30,000 books to groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, and St. Luke’s Community House, as well as local public schools. In this manner, partnering organizations can distribute books everywhere they touch lives.

Book’em also actively works to promote literacy in young students through various programs. The Ready for Reading program, offered in pre-schools, helps children grasp the fundamentals of literacy before beginning kindergarten. The organization also sponsors Read Me Day, a day to celebrate reading and literacy in Nashville schools.

Nashville Children’s Theater Celebrates The Cat in the Hat in 2015

Since 2012, Roxanna Anspach Devlin has served as a realtor for Keller Williams Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. In this position, she represents clients, deals with contract negotiations, and closes real estate transactions. Dedicated to helping those inside and outside of the office, Roxanna Devlin spends her spare time as a community volunteer for the Nashville Children’s Theater.

Established in 1931, the Nashville Children’s Theater began as an amateur theater under the guidance of the Junior League of Nashville. It aimed to fulfill a commitment to create children’s theaters within the United States. Since its inception, it has provided a place for children to perform theatrical presentations during and after school. Performers can participate in classes and plays throughout the year.

From April 9 through May 17, 2015, the theater will show the stage version of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. Ideal for children from pre-kindergarten through the second grade, the play will run for 13 performances, including one designed for those with sensory issues and another for those who are hearing impaired. The National Theater of Britain provided the written stage version of the book, without added text; actors utilize extra dance and movement as well as famous illustrations from the original book.