The Read Write Bermuda Campaign

ReadWriteBermudaA word doesn’t merely say something, it does something. It brings something into being.
It makes something happen.”
– Frederick Buechner

Bermuda National Library is proud to present ReadWriteBermuda — a national campaign to promote reading and writing and to celebrate and support Bermuda’s literary community. ReadWriteBermuda is a collaborative partnership among the Bermuda National Library (“BNL”), CedarBridge Academy, The Reading Clinic, and the Buechner Society of Bermuda. These highly respected partners will work individually and collaboratively across organisations to improve student reading skills and increase family literacy. Combining technology, tutoring, E-book resources, professional development for teachers and librarians, writing workshops, and special events and programmes, ReadWriteBermuda will give young people enhanced pathways to achievement and lifelong learning while nurturing current and future generations of Bermudian writers.

The ReadWriteBermuda Campaign includes three major areas of focus: Building Readers, Supporting Writers, and Expanding Libraries. Specific funded activities include:

Expanding Libraries

  • Expanding the Bermuda National Library Collection.

  • Building E-book Collections at BNL, CedarBridge Academy, and The Reading Clinic.

Building Readers

  • Expanding BNL’s Summer and Winter Reading Programmes.

  • Creating Reading Labs at BNL, CedarBridge Academy, and The Reading Clinic.

Supporting Writers

  • Hosting Writing Workshops at the BNL.

  • Hosting Public Readings by Bermudian Authors.

As a capstone event, the BNL, CedarBridge Academy, The Reading Clinic, and the Buechner Society of Bermuda will co-host the Fall 2014 Bermuda Festival of Reading and Writing. To commemorate the event, ReadWriteBermuda will publish the 2014 Festival of Reading and Writing Companion book with writings from Bermudian authors and CedarBridge Academy students.

About the ReadWriteBermuda Partnership and Campaign

In seeking to promote literacy and literature in Bermuda, novelist and theologian Frederick Buechner looked to partner with community institutions and thought leaders who were gaining traction through their own work supporting readers and writers. That journey led to the Bermuda National Library, CedarBridge Academy, and The Reading Clinic, institutions where experts and advocates have been hard at work supporting students and their families with literacy programmes and celebrating Bermudian writers for many years.

It was apparent that with additional resources, these organisations could greatly expand the reach and impact of their good work. Frederick Buechner, through the society that bears his name (, has funded and helped establish the ReadWriteBermuda Campaign to serve the readers and writers of Bermuda. The ReadWriteBermuda Campaign supports investments in traditional books, E-books, state-of-the-art technology, professional development for teachers and literacy volunteers, scholarships for tutoring, writing workshops, and public events designed to build enthusiasm and support for reading, writing, and Bermuda’s literary community.

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