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Making a difference

Ferst Readers was founded in 1999 by Robin Ferst, after hearing a Madison, Georgia plant executive's concerns about finding employees who could read at the level required for hiring. Prior to this exchange, though, Robin possessed a lifelong passion for books: she was diagnosed with hearing loss at age six, and books became the most important part of her world. Today, Ferst Readers operates on a county-by-county basis, and the Muscogee County division was initiated by Warren Steele in 2012.


To ensure ease and convenience for families who wish to obtain books, Ferst Readers operates entirely on donations. To make a donation in support of this wonderful mission, please click here.

Ferst Readers is currently active in 75 counties and communities in Georgia including Bibb, Bulloch, Butts, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Carroll, Charlton, Chattahoochee, Cherokee, Cook, Colquitt, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, Dodge, Dougherty, Evans, Fannin, Fayette, Franklin, Gilmer, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Johnson, Lamar, Laurens, McDuffie, McIntosh, Monroe, Morgan, Muscogee, Newton, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Rabun, Randolph, Rockdale, Seminole, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Telfair, Terrell, Towns, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Webster, Wilcox, and Wilkinson, with pilot programs in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton.

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