Senator Troy Singleton, who is on our Board of Directors, shows up to work at the Book Bank. Here's what he has to say about books and children's literacy:
Spreading “literacy love” has been a goal of mine since taking public office. From our annual “Jump Into Reading Challenge” to reading to kids in classrooms, I am always seeking ways to encourage our kids to read. To that end, for nearly three years, I have partnered with BookSmiles and Larry. For those who are not familiar with this non-profit, Larry and his team collect unwanted children’s books and give them to kids who may not have their own home libraries. In essence, they are redistributing book wealth. In the past we’ve collected thousands of books for them, sorted and packed huge donations of books, found a home for a large-scale donation, and invited them to join us at our summer lunch events to give away bags of books to kids. Want to get involved or learn more?
Houses of worship are the best at doing book drives. We love collections that harvest thousands of children's books, but did you know that we also accept grown-up books? We send many of them to food banks and adult ed. programs. But we also have partners that turn the rest into revenue that helps cover our operating expenses. Let's get books into the hands of other book-lovers and help our mission.
Check out the the results of a two week drive by the St. Joan of Arc Church in Marlton. We were happy to use our truck to pick up over 4000 books!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of an organization willing to do a big drive!