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In addition to schools, AIR affliates with local community services and organizations such as Fire and Police departments as well as after school programs, community centers, libraries, day camps, churches, Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and sports teams. If you have kids and a location, we’ll create a program for you!

Our unique partnership model means that Flying Turtle Publishing is an ongoing donor to Adventures in Reading programs. We share the costs with the recipient organizations and with generous donors, to provide rewarding experiences for the children. It’s our intention that no school or organization is ever turned down due to budgetary constraints.

MEET Mari


Mari Lumpkin Barnes writes for children under the pen name of Mari Lumpkin and for adults as ML Barnes. She earned degrees, a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Communications & Training, from Governors State University in Illinois. Mari owns Flying Turtle Publishing, has nearly 40 years of editorial experience and has spent many years working with experts in child development, creating and implementing children’s literacy programs. She lives with The World’s Greatest Husband and a temperamental garden in Hammond, Indiana.

READERS, START YOUR ENGINES!

ADVENTURES IN READING'S (AIR) MISSION IS TO FOSTER READING ENJOYMENT BY PROVIDING READING ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES TO CHILDREN, PRESCHOOL TO 12-YEARS-OLD, WHO RESIDE IN THE GREATER CHICAGOLAND AREA, INCLUDING NORTHWEST INDIANA.

 AIR HAS ONE MAIN GOAL —TO GET CHILDREN AND ADULTS TO ASSOCIATE READING WITH FUN! IMPROVED LITERACY IS THE CHERRY ON TOP.

Maren Woodlock is a retired advertising executive who spent more than half her life working on some of the world's biggest brands. Maren has led numerous cross-functional teams to create innovative and effective marketing programs. She wrote a media case study for the Harvard Business Review showing the unique approach used to deliver the recruiting goals for the U.S. Army.

She lives with her husband, a retired teacher and organic gardener, in Dyer, Indiana.

MEET Maren