Art Of Storytelling

During our "Writer's Walkthrough" sessions, we provide books to groups of students who read together. Once the group has completed the book, the author joins them to walk them through the story they wrote, as well as the story of who they are and how they became an author. This process allows for young people to read stories about characters who like them, written by authors who do as well. Young people are able to enjoy reading, while being exposed to potential career paths and opportunities!

During our "VIEWS" workshop sessions, youth work together with industry professionals to write and develop their own scripts. Experienced creatives join the youth to edit scripts, provide feedback and discuss career opportunities. Young people share their vision, their views and their perspectives on a platform that is supported by professionals in the field!

The RED Bookshelf partners with local businesses and organizations to encourage young people to practice literacy. By hosting writing contests with cash prizes, The RED Bookshelf will motivate young readers across the city. From contests during which participants must write 1,000 words to describe local murals, to creative writing assignments based on new movies and current events, these contests are a fun way to motivate readers!

F.A.T.H.E.R. (Fun Activities To Help Enthusiastic Readers) boxes have been deployed! These boxes contain literacy based, superhero themed, games and activities. From solving secret messages with their decoder wheels, to matching words in the Mind Map, this box, crafted by volunteers and TRB staff, has helped kids around Albany avoid the deterioration of skills commonly known as the "summer slide:.