"Your voice has power. You have to use your voice, even if it shakes. There are times when you will ask for change, and there are times when you'll create it." --Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix, the most decorated track and field competitor in Olympic history, gave the commencement speech at the University of Southern California this year. Visit to watch her entire speech.

Photos from Reading Rewards III and ARISE Detroit event

ARISE Detroit banner

Rewarding Rewards III Chair Gwen Lewis

Reading Rewards III Chair Gwen Lewis

NIRMV Kid Services Coordinator Jackie Butts

NIRMV Kid Services Coordinator Jackie Butts

Kids enjoying Reading Rewards activities

Nominate an Inspiring High School Grad!

It's time to celebrate the Class of 2022! We already have some wonderful grads to salute, meet them here. Nominate a high school grad by emailing the following to with 2022 Inspiring Grad in the subject line:

  • Photo, name, and graduating school of the honoree
  • The graduate's new school, major and plans

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Graduates will be posted in the Get Inspired! section on Download the 2022 Inspiring High School Grads Salute flyer (pdf).

Learn about 10 inspiring women in science for Women's History Month

 Astronaut, mathematician, chemist, computer programmer - 140 years ago? Yes!

Read about these 10 women in the field of science whose work made history.

Celebrate Black History Month with inspiring quotes

You may already know this famous quote by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: "The time is always right to do what is right." Here are 20 more quotes that are sure to inspire you, from Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, Ella Fitzgerald and more!

The 2021 Recommended Reading List Kids Edition is here!

Visit the Remarkable Links page and look under Reading for links to all the lists, including this year's. Or just check it out here:

 NIRMV 2021 Kids Recommended Reading List Kids Edition

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States Edited by Lori M. Carlson
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Go With the Flow by Lynn Williams and Karen Schneeman
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
I Promise by LeBron James
Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo
Me and My Afro by Aiden M Taylor
Moonwalk: Forever by Your Side by Meryl Davis
My Black Me: A Beginning Book of Black Poetry Edited by Arnold Adoff
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Aesop
The Little Engine That Could by Wally Piper
The Scientist and the Singer by Lisa Rose
The Seamless Universe by Kathleen Ripley Leo
The Wall by Eve Bunting