As a child, Greg spent a great deal of time reading books 'in the stacks' at the public library. As an adult, his involvement with libraries & literacy has taken different forms. He has taken part in the READ public service campaign to promote various libraries around North America. He has helped judge or establish various essay contests - including the establishment of The First Thirty Reading Champ Award at a school in his parent's town. The nonprofit organization (The 11-10-02 Foundation) which Greg founded has contributed to libraries, literacy programs & financial literacy programs. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
On the professional side, he has spoken &/or done book readings at events like Readers are Leaders & National Conference on Family Literacy. He has participated in on-stage interviews at events like Baltimore Book Festival & has done book signings at events like the Cape Town Book Fair in South Africa. He has spoken &/or done book signings at libraries &/or at events sponsored by libraries (i.e. Old Yeller Day appearance sponsored by Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library in Texas). Organizations (i.e. Racine Literacy Council, Teton Literacy Center) have ordered his books (The First Thirty, The Silhouette Man) for their leadership, staff &/or students. Many libraries around North America have chosen to get the books as well. The books have received kind reviews from representatives of groups that promote literacy & reading (see below for example). Organizations (i.e. Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati) have given copies to honorees. LNGC also invited Greg to address their supporters at an annual event. Other groups (i.e. Look. It's My Book!) have ordered the book-related posters for students in their communities. (Photo Courtesy of Megan Elizabeth Photography)
Rebecca Mullen, MSEd, Reading Specialist & Executive Director of Programs - Reading Power, Inc: "In The First Thirty, Greg Forbes Siegman captures the defining moments of reflection in all our lives with passion, humbleness, and insight...This beautiful book is great for readers of all ages to see beyond their own worlds while connecting with many types of people across the globe."