The REAL Program, Inc.

Payne Family Literacy House
17 Atlantic Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Director: Jan Plourde



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August 25, 2018

Volunteers from @breckinridgecapitaladvisors came to help assemble and paint 10 little free libraries to place in the neighborhoods of #REAL families so children will always have access to #books. #community #literacy
Thank you!

September 6, 2017

Celebrate #ReadABookDay by reading a book to a child today!

August 22, 2017

It was a magical summer at REALSTREAM 2017. Between thirty and forty children participated each week of the 6 week program based at the North Shore Baptist Church and St. John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms.The children's days were filled with games, explorations,...

January 23, 2016


On Saturday January 23rd REAL joined families at the Lynn Public Library for Snuggle Up and READ! Children 3-12 years old came to the library for a free book, a snuggly blanket, and cookies and milk. 


 Photgraphs by Paula Muller


August 11, 2015

We gave out books at Lynn Farmers Market in a tribute to Mason Silva.
Thank you to the family of Mason Silva for collecting all the books
for children.


  • We had visits from authors and illustrators!

  • We gave out books at the Lynn Farmer's Market

  • We went on a...

July 29, 2015

After three and a half weeks of The REAL Program this summer we have had the good fortune of working with highly dedicated and enthusiastic people of all ages. Here is how it has worked for us this year:  The children that attend The REAL Program now identify themselve...

February 17, 2015


The astounding number of college students, parents of young children and even grandparents of young children who have never had the opportunity to listen to someone read to them or tell them a story is disheartening. We need to shovel all these giant snow banks in the...

January 27, 2015

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats has been a huge success with audiences for over 50 years. Jan Brett’s The Mitten has brought smiles to faces all over the world with her imaginative illustrations of this Ukrainian Folktale. What more can anyone say about the timeless c...

July 30, 2014


The #REAL Program has successfully collected and distributed over 10,000 children’s books and worked with over 100 children (and their families) in just over one year since it was established in July of 2013. With the help of the donated minivan called THE #REAL MOBIL...

July 2, 2014

WE ARE EXCITED! #REAL books, #REAL gardens, #REAL fun starts next week.




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About the Author:
Jan Plourde

Hello and thank you for taking an interest in The REAL Program. I am deeply honored to have the trust from families, community leaders, volunteers of all ages and from all communities and parts of my life to help me in my conviction that literacy is a key ingredient for success. I am an early childhood educator, a business person, a professor, a mother, a publisher, a software developer, a daughter and a sister. I have recently been honored with the title of MASS Literacy Champion with four other dedicated literacy champions.

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