As noted in The Seattle Times blog post “Seattle runner-up for most-literate city title — again” [FYI Guy, Feb. 7], our city is ranked second on the list of the most literate cities in the country. This is the fourth year in a row Seattle came in second, after ranking first in 2009. Either way, it’s a great accomplishment.
The study ranks cities of 250,000 people or more based on six literacy indicators: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources. These factors can be impacted in a number of ways to help propel Seattle back to the top spot, though I’d like to focus on library resources and educational attainment, which can be impacted by donating books.
At KPMG, we have seen the joy and benefit that a book provides to a child as our Family for Literacy program, in collaboration with First Book, donates more than a thousand new books each year to underserved children in Seattle. We would encourage each company or individual who has a favorite literacy program to find a way, if possible, to donate a few more books this year to help a library, school or child.
Mark Gibson, KPMG Seattle managing partner