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Abstract Funding a non-profit community book festival requires an approach that incorporates sound business reasoning as well as community involvement sponsorship of local businesses advertising and a commitment to success from the group that is planning the festival This group Literacy for Kalamazoo is committed to planning advertising and hosting the event Harvesting Readers The research into fundraising donations planning and a proposal to the city council are discussed Book Festival The fitness craze is everywhere We see it on the television read about it in newspapers and magazines and hear about it on the radio From the current low carbohydratelow fat diet fad to weight training and aerobic workouts health consciousness is all around us The trend in America seems to be to keep the body fit but what about the brain Exercise is tremendous for physical well-being but equally as important is exercise for the mind The Workforce Act of 1998 defines literacy as an individuals ability to read write and speak in English compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job in the family of the individual and society National Institute for Literacy According to the National Institute for Literacy NIFL there are five stages of literacy An adult is considered to be at stage one or level one is when they can read a little but not enough to fill out an application read labels or even read a story to their children Between 21 and 23 percent of the adult population 44 million people are currently at this level About 25 percent of this population is immigrants who may be learning English or may be unable to speak the English language at all Sixty percent of the level one population has not completed high school 30 percent are age 65 or older and more than 45 percent have physical or mental disabilities to include blindness that have kept them from attending school or
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