About our Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room Easton

Director’s Message

As the Cops ’n’ Kids of Easton Director, Judith values good reading skills as the critical key to one’s success of gaining a good education K-12 and beyond. She was fortunate to have a family history and support of three generations of college educated family members to keep her focused and on track. Recognizing that not every child is so fortunate, Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program, became an instrument chosen in retirement in 2009 to use her time in continuing to give back to the community.

History

Cops ‘n’ Kids is an international program started by Racine, Wisconsin Police Officer Julia Burney Witherspoon in 1997. As a recipient of an award from Oprah in 2000, she opened the first Reading Room.  On June 4, 2011, the Easton Reading Room joined the network of over forty centers, worldwide. With the mission to connect kids and community through literacy, the Easton Reading Room became a reality with the financial sponsorship of the Easton Area Police Athletic League and the support of many community resources, including the …

Community & Collaboration

The Cops ’n’ Kids of Easton Children’s Literacy Program has been established to demonstrate to our children the commitment of our community to their growth and well-being. Partnerships are established and cultivated with the Easton area educational community, police and fire departments, municipal leaders, businesses, organizations, and caring, committed volunteers who personally or through membership in organizations, devote valued time to positively impact the lives of our children.

Donate Books

The Cops ’n’ Kids of Easton Children’s Literacy Program has been established to demonstrate to our children the commitment of our community to their growth and well-being. Partnerships are Put a smile on the face of a child by donating new or gently used books to Cops ‘n’ Kids.  Books help children to develop an understanding of habits and traits that will make it possible for them to live into possibilities of life.  Donated books help provide a healthy frame of reference for the children to have a guide for good decision…

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers

The volunteers are the life-line of Cops ‘n’ Kids. The dedicated commitment of volunteers lets the children know that they are important, are valued and that the community cares about them and their future. By giving the children access to books, the doors of knowledge and inspiration are opened that allow children to dream of who they may become. Most importantly, volunteers provide the gift of personal time and attention through reading that a child may not otherwise receive.

Community Updates

Spelman Alumna Launches Global Celebration and Museum for Black Children

About Black Children’s Book Week

Black Children’s Book Week is a global celebration of Black children and the people who ensure Black children are represented in books and other children’s media. Founded by entrepreneur and children’s book author Veronica N. Chapman—and administered by Black Baby Books, LLC, a platform she launched to make it easier to discover children’s books with Black characters—Black Children’s Book Week will start every year on the last Sunday in February.

Cops ‘n’ Kids of Easton partners Lehigh Valley Reads

Cops ‘n’ Kids of Easton partners with Corey, the Apple, of Lehigh Valley Reads helping to ensure “success to be achieved by integrating all sectors of the community through a common message, mutually beneficial activities and genuine interest in better supporting our youth and families inside and outside of the school classroom.  This unified effort will move our Greater Lehigh Valley from 65% of third graders reading well to 100% by 2025.”

Catch C’n’K Director Judith Dickerson on WDIY Perspectives

Connecting Children, Community, and Literacy with Judith Dickerson and Lt. Dan Bonham | Perspectives

“An organization in Easton is connecting kids to the community through literacy. Host John Pearce debuts his new monthly program by talking to guests Judith Dickerson, Director of Cops N’ Kids Reading Room-Easton, PA and Lt. Dan Bonham of the Easton Police Department.”

Listen to the interview on WDIY

or stream it below (audio owned by WDIY and streams on their site)

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Lt. Dan Bonham of the Easton, Judith Dickerson, Director of Cops N’ Kids Reading Room-Easton, PA and WDIY Host John Pearce (Photo courtesy of WDIY

Alloy5 holds book drive for Cops ‘n’ Kids Easton

Alloy5 holds book drive for Cops ‘n’ Kids of Easton

Easton, PA – October 30, 2022

Alloy5, an architectural and design company in LV involved in the construction of Cottingham Stadium, made a punctuation error in a word on the stadium façade.

Part of the correction of that error included conducting a book drive that resulted in Cops ’n’ Kids of Easton being the recipient of wonderful books presented by employee, Bekah Rusnock.

Thank you, Alloy5 for giving back to the children in our community!

DONATIONS

Become a CnK Reading Room Supporter Today!

  • Contributions

    Monetary contributions are gratefully accepted.  The financial donations help to purchase new books for special programs and requests from program partners.  Underwriting the cost of special projects is also welcomed support of Cops ‘n’ Kids.

    All monetary donations should be directed to the Cops ‘n’ Kids of Easton, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All checks should be made out to the Cops ‘n’ Kids of Easton. Donors may be eligible for income tax consideration with their donation to the organization. No amount is too big or too small. It all makes possible the ability to bring joy into the lives children and to make a difference.

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    Financial Contributions
  • Donate Books

    Put a smile on the face of a child by donating new or gently used books to Cops ‘n’ Kids.  Books help children to develop an understanding of habits and traits that will make it possible for them to live into possibilities of life.  Donated books help provide a healthy frame of reference for the children to have a guide for good decision – making and to being able to exercise control of their own lives.  For some children, a book from Cops ‘ n’ Kids is the first book that they can call their very own.

    How You Can Help

    • Donate books  that  your children may have outgrown.
    • Select books from flea markets and garage sales that a child might like to read.
    • Purchase  an extra book or two for a child as you shop.
    • Conduct a book drive for Cops ‘n’ Kids.

    Guidelines for a Cops ’n’ Kids Book Drive

    Book Drop- Off Sites:

    • Easton Police Department  * 25 South Third Street * Easton
    • Family YMCA of Easton/Phillipsburg and Vicinity * 1225 West Lafayette Street  * Easton
    • Easton Area Community Center * 901 Washington Street * Easton
    Book Donations