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Welcome to the Metro East Literacy Project!  

The purpose of the Metro East Literacy Project is to promote literacy to adults and children by providing access to books, libraries, tutoring and quality reading experiences.

I have a grand vision for MELP. It is to build a community of avid, lifelong readers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area who understand and appreciate the inherent value of reading. I want to bring an awareness of the reading crisis among people in my community and provide opportunities for people to gravitate toward reading as a great source of entertainment and enlightenment. In other words, I want to promote a culture of reading. I like what author Marita Golden said in her book The Word, Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing. She says reading a book "provides a private, intimate, sensual experience that results in expansion of the mind and enhancement of the soul." That's something probably all of us could use.

Thank you for visiting this website. Be sure and visit the Imitate Reading Initiative page. Please sign up below for email updates.

Many blessings,

Linda M. Mitchell
Executive Director
"Promoting a Culture of Reading"


  1. Linda, What a wonderful project you are undertaking. It will be a win for all involved and for generations to come! I know you will soar :)

  2. Yessss lifelong readers! Outstanding! More Grace and may your destiny helpers connect with you TODAY!

    Annetta Works-Salley

    1. Thanks! They say love makes the world go ‘round, reading does too.


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