Building a Bookshelf is dedicated to finding and supporting programs that can provide public access to books for children that otherwise would never know the joy of owning a book.
Getting books into children's hands is the key to what we do. We are always looking for creative ways to inspire kids to read. In a nutshell: 1. We provide children with books they can take home and own 2. We create libraries in places where kids spend time 3. We mail books directly to kids at home
Why we do this
We started Building a Bookshelf in 2010 because these statistics about availability of books concerned us:
Middle income neighborhoods have a ratio of books per child of 13 to 1; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children.
Our objective is to improve these statistics.
$10 donation buys 10-15 new books!
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