Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center

Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center

Dr. Martha Gesling Weber, a nationally recognized authority on reading, was the founder and director of the Reading Center from 1946-1965. Through service and dedication, Dr. Weber made great contributions to the Reading Center.

While the Reading Center has retained its strong focus on the study of reading and early childhood literacy, it has evolved into a center for the study of literacy across the grade bands. We define literacy as both a skill and a process, and we understand that literacy is shaped by culture and context. Literacy is how we make meaning of the world around us through language, through sign and symbol systems. Literacy includes making meaning as we read, write, listen, speak, view, and visually represent.

The mission of the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center is to engage in literacy research and outreach that supports families, schools, and community centers to strengthen the literacy skills of their children to be successful learners and active participants in their communities. With our partners, we work to engage literacy that has a lasting impact across Northwest Ohio, the state, and the nation.

The Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center is located on the 5th floor of the Education Building at Bowling Green State University. The Reading Center houses various outreach programs, individual literacy assessments, intervention programs, and other literacy projects and partnerships.

Graduate assistantships are available to students enrolled in the Graduate Reading Program. The Reading Center also supports other graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related programs, including Literacy in the Park.


Monday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
closed from 12p.m. - 1p.m. for lunch

576 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: 419-372-READ (7323)