Read Up with Lead Up

Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.'”

~  Helen Exley

Read Any Good Books Lately?

That common ice-breaker is practically a mantra for all of us at Lead Up where we believe that one of the most effective things we can do to prepare our students for their future is to help them become strong readers.

Want to write a standout college essay? Read more. Trying to be the top applicant for an internship? Ditto. Reading broadens your perspectives and ideas through its windows on history, culture and the stories and ideas of people from across the globe. Need career advice? You guessed it! When one reads about the life of Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, or contemporaries like Lady Gaga or Malala Yousefzai, he is afforded a front row seat to how they overcame challenges and earned their success.

One Friday evening each month, Lead Up students gather for a very special evening exploring the written word. At these “Friday Nights Forward” we talk books, authors and writing, and spend a good deal of the evening “tasting” titles ending with the choice of a book to enjoy.


What Are you reading these days?
















Mystery – Sept 2018

Mysteries Read Up with Lead Up 76 books, spotlights on 9 classic writers of the genre, 4 activities to put their detective skills to the test, and 1 dead body. Our fall book tasting was full of murder, mayhem, and no small amount of mystery.  The night began with a...

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Graphic Novels – July 2018

Graphic Novels Read Up with Lead Up We had a super time at our graphic novel and comics book tasting discovering all of the different things a graphic novel can be. The evening kicked off with a discussion about how one “tastes” a book to figure out what indications...

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Poetry – April 2018

April’s tasting honored National Poetry Month by featuring poets of past and present and fun writing activities including a Lead Up Slam.

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Multiple Genres – March 2018

March saw our first Friday Night Forward and we featured a broad selection material including banned books, traditional classics, and new contemporary authors – plus some staff and leader favorites. Scavenger hunting, hidden covers and other mysteries to solve kept it interesting; along with some tasty pizza and themed desserts.

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Read Up With Lead Up @ the Nebraska History Museum

Our sophomores and juniors brought books and props to the Nebraska history museum for their “Witness the Weird!” event. We manned stations on all three floors of the museum and had a great time reading aloud to all the visiting children.

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