Pages and Chapters
P. O. Box 32796
Kansas City MO 64171
a father and son work together to read a passage at Open Books

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (812) 243-1715
Mission Statement
Founded in 2011, Pages & Chapters partners with teachers working in Title 1 schools to promote literacy skills through family literacy workshops called Open Books. Pages & Chapters works with local teachers to provide curriculum and other resources that engage families in literacy.   
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jenny Albro
Board Chair Ms. Adrianne DeWeese
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Founded in 2011, Pages & Chapters partners with teachers working in Title 1 schools to promote literacy skills through family literacy workshops called Open Books. Pages & Chapters works with local teachers to provide curriculum and other resources that engage families in literacy.   
Background Statement Pages & Chapters began in homes of students and their families in March 2011. Teacher Jenny Albro would volunteer to mentor some of her second-grade students and their families in the area of literacy after school. She then relocated to libraries and schools so others community members could volunteer and mentor their own family. We initiated our family literacy workshops, Open Books, in June 2012 at the Waldo Library. Since that first summer, we have had several other locations in Park Hill School District, Belton School District, a YMCA in Kansas City, Kansas, and libraries in Kansas City, Missouri. In June 2014, Pages & Chapters expanded to Washington, D.C, and we have since partnered with two elementary schools: Ludlow-Taylor and C.W. Harris to offer Open Books. We want to continue to expand our Open Books programming and have other community members and teachers lead their own sites. 
Impact Statement
In 2016, our top accomplishments included:
  1. We partnered with two elementary schools in Washington, D.C. to host Open Books.
  2. We continued our partnership with Academie Lafayette and Belton School District to implement Open Books using our curriculum and resources.  
  3. We held two successful fundraisers: our 4th Annual Adult Spelling Bee and another Book Fair Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble.  
  4. We began a strategic long-term plan for the next 5 years, created additional curriculum activities, and now offer the curriculum online at no cost. 
  5. Starting August 2016, we offer an application for more resources on our website. Teachers can apply for resources such as books, food/snacks, prizes, extra materials, etc. This allows teachers to tailor their program to meet the needs of the families they serve. 
Needs Statement
Our top five needs include:
  1. Funding for resources for teachers to continue to grow Open Books
  2. Funding for materials for Open Books, such as copies of curriculum, food, etc.
  3. Literacy resources for families to keep (e.g., books, flash cards)
  4. Prizes/incentives for families who participate in our programs
  5. Quality board members and a greater network of teachers
Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
MO - Cass County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Statement from Adrianne DeWeese, board chairwoman and literacy mentor

"Pages & Chapters plays a critical role in expanding family literacy in Kansas City and Washington, D.C., and I am excited to see where upcoming digital growth initiatives will take the organization in years to come. I have seen the successes of Open Books literacy workshops for three years, helping both children and their parents/guardians learn the five components of reading and showing them how the skills can help them gain confidence in their literacy abilities. A lifelong passion for reading begins early in life, and Pages & Chapters partners with students, families and teachers to ensure they have the resources needed to develop a love for reading. We are firm believers in empowering students and families with literacy skills so they may write their own futures." 

Statement from Noah Albro, Co-founder
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Pages & Chapters Board.  I love seeing the looks on the people’s faces when they realize we are giving them free books and we just want to promote literacy. Reading, to me, is a skill that I could not fathom living without, so it is a passion of mine to make sure that everyone can be successful at reading. I love the vision of Pages & Chapters and that with Open Books children are the center and focus, but the parents are full participants who are engaged in what they volunteer literacy mentor is doing with their child. What we do is a little different than other literacy organizations in that we engage the entire family in hope of greater dividends.”
Description Open Books consists of family literacy workshops offered in partnering Title 1 schools for K-5 students and their parents.  Teachers at each partnering school act as Site Directors to implement the Open Books curriculum and model. Each workshop session covers one of the five essential components of reading (phonics, fluency, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension). Sessions build on each other to culminate with a review of all five components in the final session. 
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success The families we serve through Open Books have provided a plethora of verbal gratitude. Many parents have thanked us for making reading fun for their kids. According to our surveys, the parents and students have reported an increase in their attitudes toward reading and they now have a better understanding of the five components of reading. We have a high number of families continue to participate term after term. Additionally, through our reading assessments we have discovered an increase in reading skills for every student. Some make smaller gains, while others have increase up to three grade levels; regardless, we have seen gains every time. Our ultimate goal is to promote literacy and make it habitual within the family outside of the classroom. We feel that we are meeting that goal and continue to provide resources to families to learn together.
Long-Term Success Currently, we are operating Open Books in two locations and have operated in four locations total thus far. Our long-term goal is to create a way for other community members in our region and eventually in our country to start and implement their own Open Books sessions. We are currently in the process of making webinars, placing our curriculum on our website, and starting a consulting process to allow others to use our model to promote literacy in their own communities.
Program Success Monitored By We use pre and post surveys for the families to complete prior to starting a term and then once the term is finished. These surveys contain 20 questions regarding areas such as reading habits and attitudes toward reading, etc. We also use our curriculum with built-in reading assessments. Students are assessed by a trained literacy mentor on each of the five components of reading. We use these to measure growth academically. We have folders and attendance sheets to keep track of the number of participants for each week and ultimately each term.
Examples of Program Success
Based on our surveys, we have found an increase in parent’s attitude toward reading and their frequency of reading for pleasure. Specifically, in 2016:
  • We partnered with two elementary schools in Washington, D.C. to host Open Books.
  • We continued our partnership with Academie Lafayette and Belton School District to implement Open Books using our curriculum and resources.
  • We began offering the curriculum online at no cost.
CEO Comments We are currently implementing a new model for our Open Books program, where we empower teachers to engage families in literacy through the use of our curriculum materials and extra resources provided to them. One of the challenges involves finding teachers who are willing to put in extra time and effort to engage families in their schools. We are researching best practices to help support and empower teachers and encourage them to offer family literacy workshops at their schools. Research shows that teachers are key figures to using existing relationships with students to foster and build relationships with parents and families; this is why we moved from providing volunteers or having people from our organization implement Open Books. It is better coming from teachers within schools. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jenny Albro
Term Start Sept 2011
Experience Jenny Albro holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.A. in Holistic Education from Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also holds an M.A. in Reading Education K-12 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She founded Pages & Chapters during her third year of teaching in an urban charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. Her passion is family literacy and parental involvement in education. She developed Open Books, family literacy workshops, for parents and students to work with volunteer literacy mentors to promote literacy and increase reading levels. She has worked full time in the Belton School District in Belton, Missouri, as a Reading Specialist for 5th and 6th grade students. She has conducted research on the progress of Open Books with the help of Dr. Connie Campbell. She hopes to grow the number of locations of Open Books and continue more research on the effectiveness of their family literacy workshop model.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in literacy, language and social inquiry from the University of Maryland, College Park.  
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Kansas City Director
Experience/Biography Becca holds a bachelors degree in English and currently works full time for the MidContinent Public Library as a Resource Development Coordinator.  She is passionate about reading and helping families become more fluent in literacy skills.  She has worked for Connections to Success as a Resource Developer in a VISTA position.  She has a plethora of nonprofit experience and library science skills.  
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 15
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Adrianne DeWeese
Company Affiliation Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
Term Feb 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Jenny Albro University of Maryland, College Park
Mr. Noah Albro
Ms. Connie Campbell PhDHuman Interactions
Mr. Darin Challacombe Consultant
Ms. Adrianne DeWeese
Mrs. Halley French Kauffman Foundation
Ms. Rebecca Maddox MCPL
Ms. Tammy Martin Hoosier Energy
Mr. Mark Schafer Shook, Hardy, and Bacon
Ms. Valerie Smith Teacher, Academie Lafayette KC
Ms. Amanda Smith Bainum Family Foundation
Ms. Taylor Stitt Teacher, Belton School District #124
Dr. Jennifer D Turner University of Maryland, College Park
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $7,100
Projected Expenses $6,245
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using agency's internal financial documents. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,851$2,003$5,812
Administration Expense$4,309$4,009$2,709
Fundraising Expense$136$485$536
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.561.681.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses46%31%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$22,122$12,625
Current Assets$0$22,122$2,265
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$22,122$12,625
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Pages and Chapters
Address P. O. Box 32796
Kansas City, MO 64171
Primary Phone (812) 243-1715
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jenny Albro
Board Chair Ms. Adrianne DeWeese
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
Year of Incorporation 2011