Sunday, June 9, 2024

Reading Rewards V Stay At Home Party

Calling all readers ages 3 to 17: our 5th Reading Rewards Stay at Home party will be Sat., Aug. 3. This year's theme is Celebrating Culture. To register and receive an age-appropriate activities kit:

  • Email nirmvdetroit at by Fri., July 12, 2024
  • Include the name(s) and age(s) of the participants
  • Include the name and postal address of the adult authorizing participation in Reading Rewards

Download and share the flyer (PDF)

The NIRMV Reading Rewards Stay at Home party is Saturday, August 3


Sunday, May 5, 2024

Nominate a High School Graduate

It's graduation season and that means it's time to nominate a high school graduate for our annual salute! Any high school graduate you know is eligible to be included on

Just send the following to nirmvdetroit at with the subject line 2024 Inspiring Grads by Monday, July 1:

  • Photo, name and graduating school of the honoree
  • Graduate's new school and declared major and/or plans

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Announcing the winners of our 2024 Poetry Contest!

We are very excited to announce the winners of our 2024 poetry contest celebrating our theme, Discovering More About History, Herstory and Cultural Heritage. Congratulations to Elizabeth Timmerman (first place), Given Mukelabai Kolomu (second place) and Anna J. Small Roseboro (third place).

Many thanks to all who entered, our Poetry Contest Chair Maureen McGerty, and especially our esteemed judge Kathleen Ripley Leo. She is a poet, novelist, professor of creative writing, memoirist, author of books of poems, a novel, and editor of teaching the art of creative writing.

Meet our winners, read their wonderful poems and learn more about our judge:

2024 Poetry Contest Winners

NIRMV 1-2-3 Book Club Selection #7

From our Enlightening Read Series, for May 2024 our selection is The Sugar Jar: Create Boundaries, Embrace Self-Healing, and Enjoy the Sweet Things in Life by Yasmine Cheyenne. We hope you find it inspiring! Download the flyer and share this selection (PDF). Looking for past Book Club selections? You can find them along with virtual events discussing the books on our Book Club page.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Enter Now: NIRMV 2024 Poetry Contest

National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries (NIRMV) cordially invites poets age 18 and older to submit original poems embracing our theme, Discovering More About History, Herstory and Cultural Heritage.

All participants will receive a certificate. A monetary award of $75 will be given to the contest winner, $50 for second place winner and $25 for third place winner. Deadline to enter is March 31, 2024. Winners will be announced in early April 2024. Winners and finalists may be featured at readings event on April 21, 2024.

Please see complete contest details.

Good luck!

Monday, January 15, 2024

NIRMV 1-2-3 Book Club Selection #6

Get the details about the latest selection in our Enlightening Reads Series.

Download flyer (PDF)