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Watch the 5 minute video of Mona and WILLESDEN READS in communities across America. 

Bring a WILLESDEN READ to your community!

The Children of Willesden Lane has been the official selection of numerous communities for their annual “One City One Book” reading programs.

Many city-wide reads culminate with Mona Golabek in concert, performing the beautiful classical music and story of her mother, Lisa Jura.

“The Children of Willesden Lane will make a major impact
on our nation’s children and our schools.”

Sharon Darling
Founder and President, National Center for Family Literacy

Scranton, Pennsylvania

The Children of Willesden Lane
became the fourth book selected for the annual “Scranton Reads: One City One Book” program.  School administrators also got on board, piloting the book and study guide as curriculum for their middle and high school students. 

Each year during the month of October, citizens of Scranton, Pennsylvania together read a great work of literature. The Children of Willesden Lane joined To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath on Scranton’s list of one-book selections.

Students in Scranton, PA

Mona Golabek performed for students and their families as well as members of the community in this expansive city-wide read, attended by Dr. Foley,Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards/Milken Family Foundation.

Mona on stage in West Virginia
Putnam County, West Virginia

Thousands of students and citizens living in West Virginia's Putnam County embraced The Children of Willesden Lane.

Montgomery, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Los Angeles, California

DOWNLOAD PDF of Citywide Reading Guide created by Southern Poverty Law Center

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Find out how YOU can
sponsor a city-wide read

in your community!

Over 100 performances for students nationwide
More than 20 cities across America
More than 250,000 books donated
Over 300,000 students reached
• 3,000 teachers trained

“We herald the phenomenal success of the Willesden READS. This program changes lives - the universality of this story reaches across all ethnic divides and speaks powerfully to our students today.”
Raymond Cortines, Superintendent
Los Angeles Unified School District

"Thank you for sharing your tremendous story and your talent with our students. It will continue to be powerful for our students for years to come.”
Eric S. GordoN, Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

"Thank you for an outstanding, powerful learning experience for our students. You not only impacted our students but also the educators.”
Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent
Utica Community SchooL, Greater Detroit Area

"Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your mother's story
in such a powerful way. 3,000 lives (adults and students) were truly touched by your performance."

Dr. Linda Clark, Superintendent
West Ada School District, Idaho

Distinguished Partners
New York City Department of Education
Town Hall
The United Nations
Facing History and Ourselves
USC Shoah Foundation
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Museum of Jewish Heritage • A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance
Urban Gateways
Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center (SF)
Classrooms Without Borders

To Book a City-wide Read or Concert by Mona Golabek in Your Community

Contact Jackie Maduff, administrator


Hold On To Your Music Foundation

2128 Duxbury Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90034


310 837 4999


To order discounted books for your community,
visit our Educator Order page.

Mona Golabek signing books

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