Danielle A. Vann, A Dallas Area Storyteller On a Mission For Literacy

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The White House has released its proposed budget for FY2019 that slashes federal funding for a vital tool in education— libraries and museums. Danielle A. Vann, a Dallas-area crusader on behalf of reading, a fifteen-time award-winning novelist of young adult books and a former television personality, is on a mission to stop the defunding campaign targeted at literacy.

“Regardless of your politics, you have to know that an illiterate public is an anathema to our Democracy,” said Ms. Vann. “When it comes to our children, we need to storm the barricades against illiteracy.”

Danielle A. Vann, A Dallas Area Storyteller On a Mission For Literacy

Forty-four percent of our nation’s adults are reading and writing at a fourth-grade level. What’s even scarier is nearly 20 percent of high schoolers graduated last year without the skill to read.

Despite this staggering facts, the White House has released its proposed budget for FY2019 that slashes federal funding for a vital tool in education— libraries and museums.

Danielle A. Vann, a Dallas-area crusader on behalf of reading, a fifteen-time award-winning novelist of young adult books and a former television personality, is on a mission to stop the defunding campaign targeted at literacy.

“Regardless of your politics, you have to know that an illiterate public is an anathema to our Democracy,” said Ms. Vann. “When it comes to our children, we need to storm the barricades against illiteracy.”

Ms. Vann is taking her message to the public, to educators, to school and state officials—anyone she can button-hole to lobby or reach with her public speaking activities and YouTube videos.

The cutback in funds for libraries and museums will, according to Ms. Vann’s research, greatly impact public libraries, public and charter schools, and public universities around the country.

The proposed Fiscal 2019 budget contains significant cuts to federal library funding as well as eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

What does it mean for Texas? “We are likely to see drastic state-level funding cuts, too,” she said.

Ms. Vann is the author of the Whizbang Machine Young Adult series, as well as numerous other titles for which she has received Texas, national, and international awards. She speaks monthly at various area schools and events, and is known as “The Storyteller.”

A former television anchor and reporter, she’s an interesting featured guest on your television or radio broadcast program as well as a fascinating profile for an issues-oriented print publication.

Ms. Vann is prepared to answer questions on her campaign for literacy in Texas and nationwide, and how she plans to impact decisions at both the State and National levels.

Please contact Olgal Willard at olga.willardl(at)willardstrategies(dot)com to interview Ms. Vann.

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