As a child, Greg spent a great deal of time reading books 'in the stacks' at the public library. His civic & philanthropic experiences can be traced back to the first book he ever purchased with his own money (a children's biography of Harriet Tubman). The book inspired him to want to make a difference. Soon after, he signed up for a charity Read-a-Thon. This kick started a lifelong interest in volunteerism & philanthropy (& reading). 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 at conferences (i.e. National Conference on Family Literacy, Illinois Library Association Annual Conference) & events for specific organizations (i.e. an annual event for Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati's supporters). He has participated in on-stage interviews (i..e. Baltimore Book Festival) & book signings (i.e. 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). He has done readings of The Milkshake Man -- the upcoming picture book edition of The First Thirty at events for kids (i.e. Readers are Leaders event; Genoa Public Library) & adult learners (i.e. Skokie Public Library ESL Conversations class). (Photo Courtesy of Megan Elizabeth Photography) SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT PARAGRAPH
Organizations (i.e. Racine Literacy Council, Teton Literacy Center) have ordered his books (The First Thirty, The Silhouette Man) for their leadership, staff, some of their students &/or for local students. Other organizations (i.e. Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati) have given copies to people they are honoring at an event. Many libraries around North America have chosen to get the books as well. In one instance, a librarian who read the book personally ordered copies of both books to give out throughout her community. The books have received kind reviews from librarians as well as representatives of groups that promote literacy & reading (see below for an example). Other groups (i.e. Look. It's My Book!) have ordered the book-related posters for students in their communities.
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."