This is a month long program that gives a small group of people a book and a stipend. A group of five participants will read the book, come to a virtual meeting to talk about it, and write their reflections on the blog. The purpose is to get people to pick up a book and engage with it, to see it as a worthwhile intellectual pursuit. The style is tight-knit, short-termed, and focused. All that is on purpose–to hold people’s interest. There’s a great book in their hands and a reasonable schedule to follow, plus a social component. So it’s like school, but not.

The program is run by Seton Hall University instructor and Ten Dollar Books owner Rachel Wagner. She’s been in education for over ten years and designed Not School to address issues of literacy and poverty. Monetary access to physical books is only part of the reason people often aren’t in the habit of reading. Commitment and community are also major factors. That means deciding it’s worth your time to read and not feeling intellectually isolated. Paying the group to read targets these types of issues head on.

We are looking to raise money to cover web development, books, stipends, and facilitation to begin summer 2022.

Donate to the Not School Literacy Program

$1.00

Cashapp: $rachel908

Venmo: @rachel908

Zelle: 9084995355

-Rachel Wagner

Contact rachelwagner908@gmail.com for more information.