We build lending libraries. The greatest predictor of literacy for children living in poverty is the quality of their school library. Lending libraries allow children to bring books home to share with their families. Lending Libraries are filled with high-interest books specifically curated for each community. A recent project is Braddock Drive Elementary.
We donate books to children in underserved communities with no stings attached. Readers get to select their own books. Representative organizations include The Book Truck and Jewish Family Services.
We give bags of books sorted by grade level and gender. These books are distributed to children when they come for food distribution during the pandemic. We recently completed a similar project for Para Los Ninos.
We prepare book fairs for elementary aged kids using donated high interest books. Choosing a book gives children a sense of agency and pride.
We help nonprofits with social media, remote training, marketing, and online fundraising. Representative organizations include Neighbor2Neighbor and National Charity League, LA.
Each year people throw away thousands of textbooks. We are looking for an environmental ambassador to work with schools to run textbook recycling drives at the same time as textbook buybacks. We hope to minimize the number of books in landfills.
It takes about about a month for us to collect enough books for a library. Often a large portion of the books are too matrue for elementary school libraries. We donate those books elsewhere.
Once we have ammassed enough books, we take them all out and see what we have. We quality control every book we donate.
Sorting by type/author makes it easy for libarians to shelve the books quickly so children can have immediate access.
We try to ensure that libraries have a broad range of topics and are from several genres.
We aim to give high interest books and books series to encourage readers to keep going. We often donate full sets.
Many children in low-income families have never owned a book. We are currently collecting books for Watts Learning Center and will be distributing holiday bags for the 400 students. Each student will receive two age appropriate books. We hope these books will fill these children with wonder and pride.