Book Donation Initiative

Many publishing houses donate books to non-profit organizations. To encourage book donations, AAP maintains the below list of 501(c)3 and international organizations that wish to receive donated books from American publishers.

To Be Included:

If you are a federally recognized non-profit and would like to be included on the below list, please email the following information to Marisa Bluestone:

  • Company Name
  • Paragraph of Description
  • Contact Person/Email/Phone
  • Proof of Tax Exempt Status (a copy on file of your IRS form and/or endorsed and filed articles of incorporation)
  • Mailing Address to Receive Donations
  • Company website (if available)
  • What type of books and/or materials you are seeking (ages, genres, trade/educational, restrictions, etc.)

501(c)3 ORGANIZATIONS

African American Youth Leadership Conference

With a focus on educational development and community outreach, the AAYLC has grown in magnitude since its inception in 1993 and serves as a program supported by corporate, civic, academic, religious, fraternal, social organizations and individuals in the community. It is totally organized and implemented by community volunteers. To date, the AAYLC has hosted over 12,000 students in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver area and has given out over $115,000.00 in student scholarships. The AAYLC has a sustained and rich history and tradition that instills high standards and positive moral values in our youth. The African American Youth Leadership Conference’s original mission, which began 25 years ago, remains the same: to “Inspire and Motivate” all students to work towards achieving the Conference theme and mission of: “Youth Building Respect and Responsibility for Future Success.” 

The AAYLC will hold its 25th conference on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The conference is for students from grades 6-12. We'd like to give each student who attends a free book to further their education. We are looking for book donations and are specifically interested in biographies of African Americans - Barack Obama, John H. Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Dr. Mae Jemison and others.

Contact:

Birdie M. Miller
3172 Westcliff Drive West
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
719 439 4527

The Asia Foundation
Donating excess stock to Books for Asia

Books for Asia is currently seeking donations of excess stock from publishers. Created in 1954, Books for Asia has distributed more than 40 million books and materials to more than 50,000 institutions in 40 countries. The program is currently seeking donations of all types, including K-12, higher education and professional, technical and vocational books, for schools and libraries throughout the Asia-Pacific.

To donate books: identify excess stock, provide an offer list to Books for Asia, and send the requested books to the warehouse in California. For more information please visit the website or contact:

Wendy Rockett
Communications and Outreach Program Officer
The Asia Foundation
Phone: 510-667-6475, ext. 204
Email: wrockett@asiafound.org

Association of Nigerian Women Academic Doctors, Inc.

ANWAD Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that strives to improve quality education and research in the United States and developing countries. Our goal is to empower youths and minorities for quality learning, higher academic performance, research skills, professional development and reduce school drop-outs due to lack of resources. We also equip teachers with latest instructional materials to enhance their proficiency and impact positive knowledge to the students. In the past, we have successfully implemented several literacy initiative projects in developing countries to improve learning and quality education. We are looking for new or properly used books (hardcopy, software copy, videos, instructional materials, and others) from ages three (3) and above to college level.

For more information on donating or partnering with the ANWAD Inc. in literacy initiative, youth empowerment, and professional development, especially for the underprivileged and minorities, pleases contact:
Dr. Henrietta Okoro
(202)361-5560

president@anwadinc.org

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center

Aunt Martha’s Healthy Start program is a non for profit organization whose goal is to reduce infant mortality across the south suburban area of Chicago. We provide pregnant women with services such as case management, transportation, resources and various events throughout the year that educate our clients and give them an opportunity to ask questions and feel confident and comfortable with their pregnancy. After the child is born, we continue to aid our clients along with their child up to the age of 2. The Outreach Team hosts about 10 events yearly. Our first event for the year of 2016 will be our ‘Read to your child’ event in April. We will invite the families in our community to come and enjoy a day of reading, activities and learning! We are looking for new or gently used newborn books (hard, cardboard) to story time books, age 6. Spanish or bilingual books are also requested. 

If you are able to donate, please contact:
Maria Pimentel
(708) 679-8171
mpimentel@auntmarthas.org
440 Forest Blvd. Park Forest, IL 60466

BHM Regional Library System

BHM Regional Library System is a three-county system in rural eastern North Carolina. In the past fiscal year they had severe budget shortfalls due to budget cuts in the N.C. State Aid to Public Libraries. After all of the fixed expenses had been paid, they only had $10,000 for books for eight public libraries.

A 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation, they provide library service to three counties —Beaufort, Hyde, and Martin Counties. These counties are Title 1 counties and a large percentage of the school children in these counties obtain free or reduced priced lunches indicative of the economic state of the communities. Any donations of books to their public libraries would be greatly appreciated on any topic for any age range.

Please mail donations to :

Attn: Susan Benning, Director
BHM Regional Library System
158 North Market St.
Washington, NC 27889

Contact information: Susan Benning, 252-946-6401, sbenning@bhmlib.org

The BIG Book Club
Amachi Texas and Big Brothers Big Sisters

Amachi Texas is a statewide joint initiative in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Education Agency, OneStar Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas. Amachi Texas serves “invisible children” who have a family member incarcerated or on parole or probation by matching them with a safe, caring adult in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. For most children it is their first exposure to a loving, stable, and productive atmosphere. Amachi Texas’ BIG Book Club is designed to encourage Bigs and Littles across the state to read together and, as a result, positively enhance their relationship, establish a lifelong love for reading, and improve the Little’s academic scores. By donating, The BIG Book Club can provide books to matches and for group reads, create discussion questions for the books, and plan activities to celebrate reading.

If you are able to donate please contact:

Shelby Rhoten
phone: 972.573.2378
srhoten@bbbstx.org

The Book Bridge: Literacy Support for Kids in Crisis

The Book Bridge is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to support, motivate and inspire children in crisis situations to read through individualized access to books and other materials geared toward increasing literacy skills while also providing them with a healthy emotional outlet to stress. We are the only charitable organization regularly serving children and teens up to age 18 who are in physical, economical, emotional, or mental health crisis situations. They mostly live in homeless shelters, safe houses, or residential treatment facilities, but have little or no access to books of their interest and reading abilities. Every child and teen who participates in our Wish List program receives up to 12 new and like-new books a year that are theirs to keep. We encourage the children and teens to take care of their books so that they may exchange them for others at our Book Bridge Rooms. The ability to exchange lets them explore other authors and genres without a commitment; and, it keeps their personal library fresh and age-appropriate. We also operate a warm and welcoming volunteer center where we run our operations and get the community involved. We are on target to serve approximately 2,500 local children and teens through one or more of our four literacy support programs. With donations from AAP's Book Donation Initiative, we will reach to more kids in crisis, including those in the pediatric cancer hospitals who are only allowed brand new books; and, we can upgrade the selection of books they can choose from.

With the exception of textbooks and encyclopedias, we can use all types of books for children and young adults. Ongoing donations of Spanish/bi-lingual books for toddlers and Hi/Lo books (high interest books written at lower reading levels) would meet a large need for the youth we serve. We do not get those via regular donations or book drives. Please note we are IRS compliant and a Silver level participant with Guidestar.org.

Contact information:

Pam Weiss, Founder & Executive Director
Tel (847) 543-5845, Cell (203) 482-6948
Email: thebookbridge@live.com

Please mail all donations to:

The Book Bridge
450 Barron Blvd.
Grayslake, IL 60030

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens is opening a Library featuring garden, nature and healthful living reference materials for the community. The Library already has several gardening books, but would appreciate donations of nature books for children and healthful living books for all ages. The Botanica Library will be a unique and valuable resource for Botanica guests and the community. Botanica was opened to the public in May 1987 to generate enthusiasm for horticulture and enlighten people through educational, artistic and cultural experiences. With this mission, Botanica’s gardens and programs expand public awareness of horticulture, educate Kansans about how nature can improve their daily lives and assist in the promotion of community development. This botanical paradise on the plains comprises over 18 acres of stunning gardenscaping that features 26 themed gardens and over 4,000 species of plants both native and new to the region.

There are two main purposes for the Library. The first is to provide up-to-date resources for gardening, horticulture, nutrition, overall health and nature. We want people of all ages to be able to come to the Library and find something helpful or interesting to them. The second purpose is for the Library to provide a comfortable space for families to continue to enjoy their experience at Botanica. Our guests will get all kinds of benefits from the Library: sharing a coffee or a healthy snack, relaxing while the children are playing, coming in to do research for a school project or simply a parent and child taking the time to delve a little deeper into a topic, such as the extinction of honey bees, the migration of monarch butterflies, why spiders are good for the gardens or how nature affects our daily lives. The Botanica Library will foster environmental awareness and will have a huge impact on the community. All donations would be greatly appreciated.

Please mail donations to:

Botanica, Library
701 Amidon
Wichita, KS 67203

For more information, please contact:

Kyle Christensen
Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
701 N. Amidon
Wichita, KS 67203
Tel: (316) 264-0448 ext. 116
Fax: (316) 264-0587
kchristensen@botanica.org

Bradford Area Public Library Nursing Home Initiative

The Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Bradford Area Public Library in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has started a new outreach program to area Nursing Homes and Retirement Facilities that will provide books to the residents that are not able to get to the Library on their own. Because many of these residents have varying degrees of dementia, the books don't always make their way back to the library. Therefore, the Board has decided it best not to take books out of circulation for this purpose. This initiative would like to expand the program to include shut-ins and other home-bound people in the community as well as the residents in nursing facilities and is seeking any donations (of any titles and genres) of LARGE-PRINT books for its cause.

If you are able to donate books, they will provide a blank PA sales tax exempt certificate indicating that we are a non-profit institution. Please contact:

Bradford Area Public Library
ATTN: Patricia A. Harris
67 West Washington Street
Bradford, PA 16701

Build Jake's Place

Build Jake's Place is a nonprofit organization in Pennsauken, New Jersey that creates accessible play experiences for individuals of all abilities. We are seeking books on diversity, inclusion, subjects and or main characters who have disabilities.

Contact Arthur Aston at  Aston/art@buildjakesplace.org/ or (856) 495-3080

Mailing address: Attn: Arthur Aston
                         Build Jake's Place
                         5311 Magnolia Ave.
                         Pennsauken, NJ 08109

CAIR-Chicago/Illinois Prison Library Initiative

Chicago’s Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) has created the Illinois Prison Library Initiative with the simple goal of sourcing book donations from Chicago area businesses and other resources and working with prison chaplains to source new and used book donations for the state's prisoners and build or improve prison libraries across the state. Evidence suggests that reading reduces recidivism. Until the prison system receives vital reform, it is important that citizens do all they can to help prisoners assimilate once released.

If you would like to donate, please contact:

Aaron Ervin
Council on American-Islamic Relations 
Chicago Office (CAIR-Chicago)
17 North State Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60602-3259
Ph: 312.212.1520
Fax: 312.212.1530

Email: cairchicago.govaffairs2@gmail.com

The Center of Higher Development

The Center of Higher Development (COHD) provides computer training, career readiness skills, practical life skills, and educational resources via technology. Our mission is to eliminate the Digital Divide in under-served communities in the greater Chicago area. COHD proudly hosts a summer camp and after-school program for our local children as well. We are currently working on a Reading Program for our youth students (approximately 30 students between the ages of six to sixteen). Unfortunately, our organization lacks many resources. Please consider donating gently-used books to help our students become better readers and critical thinkers.

For more information on the Center of Higher Development, please email site manager Qiana Gillespie or call 1-888-317-5480.

Please mail donations to:

Center of Higher Development
Lakegrove Village Complex
3515 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60653

Christian City

Christian City is a 40 year old, non-profit, charitable organization, which provides homes, healthcare and supportive services to 1,100 seniors and children at its campus in Union City, Georgia. In the pursuit of providing quality services to its residents, the organization has built a new library and reading area that can house thousands of volumes. Christian City welcomes book donations of any kind but is especially interested in items for the visually impaired community. 

If you are able to donate books, please contact:

Christopher Loga, ADC
Christian City
7300 Lester Road
Union City, GA 30291
phone: 770-964-3301
fax: 770-964-7041
chrisl@christian-city.org

Coalition for Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. The Coalition advocates for community schools as the vehicle for strengthening schools, families and communities so that together they can improve student learning. The goal of Community Schools is to address the multiple needs of children by recognizing that learning is influenced by ongoing experiences within families, schools, community-based organizations, as well as meeting the basic physical, mental and emotional needs of young people and their families. Roosevelt Elementary School is an inner city school serving low income families in the Allentown School District of Pennsylvania. Coalition for Community Schools is looking for book donations that will go towards a books event which will enable reading outside of school, particularly during the summer.

If you are able to donate books, please contact:

Tania Vargas
Community School Coordinator
Roosevelt Elementary
phone: 484-765-4468
vargast@allentownsd.org

The Conservation Fund

The Fund is a nationwide, non-member based non-profit focused on conserving the United States most important habitats for fish, wildlife, public access and use and all the benefits naturally functioning land and water bring to society. The Conservation Fund has been recognized with the highest ratings for efficiency and effectiveness by Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy, both charity watch dog organizations for many years. Your support goes to conservation investment on the ground — not overhead and unproductive expenses. The Fund routinely leverages donors’ dollars at 10:1. Supporting the Last Great Fishery is a tax-deductible investment, which can be one of your first 2013 deductions.

Contact Person: Sue Cox, 317-965-2091, SueCox0121@hotmail.com

Please mail donations to:

Attn: Sue Cox
The Conservation Fund
1560 Claireridge Court
Avon, IN 46123

Cornerstone Transitional Living Program

Cornerstone Transitional Living Program in Asheville, NC is a program that serves teenage girls (ages 16-21) ​who can no longer live at home. Residents can stay in the house for up to 18 months while they go to therapy, get jobs and further their education. While they are in the program, they learn skills necessary to live independently. The program has a goal that every resident who stays will be able to choose a book that speaks to her for the community bookshelf. Each resident writes a dedication in their book and will leave it when they move out. In this way, each resident leaves a small piece of herself to impact the girls who follow.

Types of books needed: For high-school and college students. Fiction and non-fiction. Graphic Novels. Cook books.

Contact:

CARING For Children, Inc.
40 Blue Ridge Ave.| Asheville, NC 28806
p: 828-768-2785| f: 828-225-4128

Custody to Community Transitional Rehabilitation Program (C.C.T.R.P.)

C.C.T.R.P operates under the auspices of L.A. Cada and CDCR. The program serves more than 80 women that have been granted reduced time from their prison sentences. Many of the women need additional support in the area of education. The women we work directly with are eagerly seeking support with obtaining their GED certificates. The majority of the program participants have had struggles with substance abuse. Their addiction led them to prison. The women are avid readers. Although the group we serve are reading from pre-literate to 10th grade level, some of the remaining participants have undergraduate and advanced degrees. We are seeking educational, as well as, fiction and non fiction books from any genre.

Contact Alondra Island Chavez at at achavez@lacada.com or (562) 236-9390.

F.A.I.T.H. Social Services

Shaping Young Minds Youth Program at F.A.I.T.H. Social Services (non-profit) is designed to provide educational material and an emotional and psychological support network for minority orphans and single-parent youths. The Shaping Young Minds Youth Program works with children ages 1-18 years. We have a reading program called "Story Time Book Club" to provide children with free books. The aim of our reading program is to help the children develop a love and sense of appreciation for reading as well as improve their literacy skills. Our program is comprised of 117 children. We are requesting gently used or new books for ages 1-18 years old. In particular, board books, children's books (paper book or hard cover) and chapter books for teens.

Contact: Zahida Noor/ sym@faithus.org/ 703-655-2147
Send donations to:
Zahida Noor
795 Center St. Unit 2 Herndon, VA 20170

Freehold Intermediate School

Freehold Intermediate School is a Title II/Focus school with approximately 75% of students on free/reduced lunch. Middle-schoolers (from low socioeconomic areas) are floating between a state of childhood and adulthood and are in need of emotional as well as academic support. With your help, our bookshelves can be complete with the magic to capture their imagination! Students need an engaging and diversified leveled library; Graphic Novels, soccer stories, diversified authors (Angela Johnson, Ashley Bryan, Walter dean Myers, Jerdine Nolen, Langston Hughes, Julia Alvarez, F. Isabel Campoy, Xaview Garza, Pam Munoz Ryan, Lori M. Carlson, and more), thriller and chillers, and books-to-movie (Gone Girl, Gone; The Hunger Games & Harry Potter series, The Help, and The Fault in Our Stars), will help round out our library.

Contact:
Kathleen Lane, ELA Resource Teacher
732-761-2100
klane@freeholdboro.k12.nj.us
280 Park Avenue
Freehold, NJ 07728

GFWC Chambers Bay Women’s Club

GFWC Chambers Bay Women’s Club is a local chapter of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Our club provides community services to University Place, Tacoma, Steilacoom, Lakewood and all surrounding areas. We are involved with the following with both monetary support and volunteer hours; YWCA Domestic Abuse program, YWCA Holiday Gift Center, My Sister’s Pantry Food Bank, Caring For Kids, Curran Apple Orchard Park, Adopt a Street, Little Free Library, working with our local school counselors to help children with special needs along with their families, after school programs and many other local school and city events. Last year we built and installed a Little Free Library at our local park and are raising funds to install a bench. 

We are looking for adult fiction and non-fiction, young adult fiction and children’s books for our Little Free Library. 

Contact:
Constance Claussen, secretary
chambersbaywc@gmail.com ; clcjmj@mac.com
253-209-5873

Donations sent to:
Chambers Bay Women’s Club
PO Box 65923
University Place, WA 98464

or

Constance Claussen, CBWC secretary
4511 82nd Avenue Ct W
University Place, WA 98466

The Global Links Library and Literacy Campaign, Elon University

Book Donations for U.S. and South African Schools

The Global Links Library/Literacy Campaign is an ongoing service initiative that began in 2007 as part of Elon University’s South Africa study abroad program. The campaign establishes and or develops the resources of libraries in schools and community centers in South Africa and the United States for the purpose of: improving literacy and the love of reading; fostering cross-cultural understanding among constituents through a global book club and reading program; providing tutorial and technological support to program constituents; and providing students with virtual and mortar-and-brick environments through which they can create and share original artistic pieces, such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and other original work of art.

For students and learners, the program is designed to:

  • use literature to improve reading competency
  • foster multicultural awareness and understanding through literature
  • raise students’ global awareness of crises, events, and lifestyles in other areas of the world
  • develop student technological competencies with computers, software, and learning tools like blogs so that they may express opinions and share views on varied subjects
  • foster friendship among students of similar ages in various countries and communities, and help them accept differences and find commonalities with others

For our community partners, the program is designed to:

  • increase patron usage of the participating libraries
  • increase literacy and reading competencies among elementary, middle school, and high school student participants in the program
  • grow new, long-term partnerships between Elon and local and global community partners

To learn more about how you, your school, organization, or agency can join the program, or to make a tax-deductible donation towards books, computers, or other technologies, contact:

Dr. Prudence Layne
GLLC/Elon University
Campus Box 2338
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336-278-5618
www.elon.edu/sasa

Grafton Integrated Health Network

Grafton began providing services for students with special needs in 1958. Our school began with three children in the kitchen of Ruth Birch, a parent who was unable to find educational services for her son who had a learning disability. Today we serve over 300 individuals annually with a variety of complex disabilities in a variety of programs and locations. One program Grafton offers is psychiatric residential treatment for children and adolescents aged six to 21 with psychiatric disorders combined with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located in Berryville, VA, we provide intensive trauma informed treatment that promotes growth, healing and recovery. Our clients in Berryville also attend our school. We are proud to offer a library for learning, reading, studying and growing. But our library contains books that are aging and out-of-date. The majority of our students read at a 3rd grade reading level and need high interest/low vocabulary books in the areas of presidents, sports figures, animals, history, geography, science, transportation and art. We also desperately need reference books. Our World Book set is from 2001. Our most current reference book, the World Almanac, is from 2003. We also need current textbooks. Thank you for any and all resources you can provide to our very special students.

If you are able to make a donation, please contact:

Bonnie Zampino
180 Grafton Lane
Berryville, VA 22611
Tel: 540-955-2400 ext 7216
bonnie.l.zampino@grafton.org

Great Bay Services

The mission of Great Bay Services is to offer supports to people with developmental disabilities and special needs and to their families; to enrich and enhance the lives of the people we serve and to assist them in reaching their potential through comprehensive services which give options and choices; to initiate innovative ways to meet the changing needs of our clients; and to support self-determination and advocacy for those we serve. Great Bay Services has been in operation since 1954. We have a day center which offers programming to adults with developmental disabilities. Services covered range from art programs, skill building (social, educational, employment, daily living) as well as community integration. We currently serve 84 adults between the ages of 22 and 66, from Strafford and Rockingham counties in NH as well as Southern York County Maine. One of our biggest drives is a new literacy program run here at our center. Many of our members have reading level far below 9th grade, and have been developing a program to continue working on reading and writing which many have not had since leaving high school. We currently use our local public library as much as possible, but have created an in-house library to allow our members to have constant access to reading material between trips to our local library. We have started to receive limited amount of donations but need much more to fill our shelves.

Please mail your donations to:

Attn: Michael Rennebu
Great Bay Services
2061 Woodbury Ave.
Newington, NH 03801-2893
Contact: mrennebu@greatbayservices.org, 603 436 2014 ext 18 (email preferred)

Guatemala SANA Children's Project

The mission of the Guatemala SANA Library is to promote early literacy, encourage a love for reading, and provide a safe, community atmosphere for learning.

Our preschool can accommodate 120 children, but there are approximately 3,000 children in Santa María between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. With the construction of a library, we seek to reach all children. We also want to reach out to the mothers, many of whom cannot read or write. The predominant language spoken in Santa María de Jesús is Kaqchikel. However, the government does not provide bilingual teachers (Spanish and Kaqchikel), leaving the children at a great disadvantage, especially the girls. The library will give children and mothers the opportunity to learn to read in Spanish, which will better equip them for educational opportunities in the future.

Please send any donations to:

Grace Thee
Guatemala SANA
300 S. Biscayne Blvd, Unit 2710
Miami FL 33131
grace@sanachildren.org or e.grace.thee@gmail.com
713-516-1364

Hack Club

Hack Club is a nonprofit organization that helps students start coding clubs at their schools. Just like how there are chess clubs or math/science olympiad teams, we're doing the same with computer coding. We're now in 65 clubs in 16 states and 6 countries reaching 1500 students. Our work has been featured on the TODAY Show and included in California Sunday, Forbes, and the Daily Dot. We're currently seeking reading materials to distribute to our club leaders with themes of rationalism, technology, and agency that would be particularly impactful to a high school audience.

Contact Zach Latta at  zach@hackclub.io. or 310-801-7309

Hands Across the Sea

Founded in 2007, Hands Across the Sea serves libraries, literacy programs, pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. The prevailing image of these islands in the U.S. is as tourist destinations, but they are also challenged by low levels of literacy, shortages of books and teaching materials, and inadequate funding for education. Hands Across the Sea works to improve children’s reading skills and literacy by providing age-appropriate books, creating high-functioning borrowing libraries and fostering sustainability. Hands partners with publishers not only to support and promote libraries, but also in the creation of a reading culture, where books become a source of excitement, enjoyment and empowerment for Caribbean children.

Hands Across the Sea is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donors may be eligible to receive an enhanced tax-deduction for making an inventory donation to us. We seek donations of books and educational materials for children and young readers from pre-school through high school. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact:

Colin McCullough
Operations Director
Hands Across the Sea
(617) 755 4349
colin@handsacrossthesea.net

Hartman Literacy and Learning Center, Marquette University

The Hartman Literacy and Learning Center of Marquette University is a teaching, research and service site that houses an afterschool literacy intervention program for local schoolchildren. The children who attend the Center’s partner schools and who read at least one year below grade level are eligible for participation. The Center is designed to improve the quality of literacy instruction provided by teachers and the literacy acquisition of urban children. The goals of the afterschool program are to engage urban schoolchildren who have difficulty learning to read in supplemental instruction and to provide Marquette University students completing elementary education coursework with well-supervised experiences of literacy instruction. The undergraduate students tutor inner-city Milwaukee children for 90 minutes, twice weekly, for 10 weeks per semester. Faculty members review lesson plans and supervise tutoring sessions. Research examines factors that relate to growth in children’s reading abilities. If you are able to donate please contact:

Cailin Hostad
Hartman Literacy and Learning Center
Marquette University
College of Education
p: (414) 288-7235
cailin.hostad@marquette.edu

Or please send donations to the following mailing address:

Hartman Literacy and Learning Center
Marquette University
College of Education
561 N. 15th Street
Room 151
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Here Today Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store was founded 20 years ago with the mission of being a year-round fundraising source for local nonprofit organizations. We sponsor local charities in our area and share 50% of the store’s proceeds with them. Last year we were able to give back nearly $50,000 to the community. The Battered Women’s Shelter received almost $8000 of that money simply by asking people who called with donations to bring them to HTGT. Last year Cat Haven raised over $1000 just bringing in a few things at a time. The Charlie Thomas Head Start Program, meeting the needs of the Gardere area, raised over $5500. With regards to book donations, we have a library/book room that we are looking to improve, as we sell many books from our location. Any trade books would be appreciated. If interested, please contact:

Debbie Staples
Here Today Gone Tomorrow
10240 Burbank Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
225-769-2259 Store
225-955-2530 Direct
office@htgthrift.com

Hockomock Area YMCA

We are a 501 c 3 nonprofit community organization and are planning to operate a summer meal program in the community of Milford this upcoming summer. There is a demonstrated need in this community for meals over the summer months, as a high percentage of Milford-area youth are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and thus may not receive a healthy meal when school is out.  A big focus of this program, in addition to serving kids a healthy meal, is to create fun and educational programming for youth over the summer months. We would love to be able to have books on-hand during the meal times, and also to be able to send books home with kids and their families.The program will serve youth from very young to age 18, so all books are welcome and appreciated!

Contact: Marykate Bergen, marykateb@hockymca.org , 774-571-8029.

The Hope Project

The Hope Project is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide underserved youth with the opportunities and resources necessary to make positive educational, recreational, and lifestyle choices. We do this by creating safe constructive opportunities and linking them to adequate resources that produces positive outcomes. The children we serve on a daily basis are at-risk of dropping out, getting involved in the juvenile justice system, or dying from gun violence.

This year we will be launching our “Girlz Club” literacy program for girls. The goal of this program is to increase literacy skills in girls grades K-3. We will also be hosting our first annual back to school drive in August 2016 and are in dire need of books for all age groups between the ages of 5-18 for both male and female. Multicultural books are highly welcomed for minority children.

If you are able to donate, contact:
Cynthia Briggs
Thehopeproject3@gmail.com
530-205-3260
2376 Fairfield Ave #22
Fairfield, CA 94533

Horizon Science Academy Toledo

Horizon Science Academy Toledo is a K-12 Title 1 Public Inner-city Charter School which specializes in Math, Science and Engineering. We have been providing an education alternative to Traditional Public Schools for over 10 years and have been rather successful in our endeavors. We serve an urban population with the vast majority of our students coming from low income families. In an attempt to help ready our students to be successful in their adult lives, we are attempting to open a school library. We have the room setup, the fixtures installed, but have run out of funding beyond that point. We are in desperate need of any and all Children's Books, Tween Books and Young Adult Fiction Books.

John C Riegel
2600 W Sylvania Ave
Toledo OH 43613
419-474-3350 Ext 116

Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy is a small, nonprofit, K-4, Montessori school for children with severe airborne food allergies that are unable to attend public schools.

To make a donation, please contact:
Gracie McDonough, gracie.innovationacademylv@gmail.com
702-750-1168
5705 N. Rainbow Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89130

The Interfaith Caregiver Volunteer Program

The Interfaith Caregiver Volunteer Program is a grassroots program whose mission is to help the homebound and frail elderly remain in their own home as long as possible. In its ninth year, the program provides home visits, assistance to those with poor vision, escorts to medical and other needed appointments, shopping assistance, and telephone reassurance. The program is not funded by any City, State, or Corporate entity and depends solely on donations and fundraising. The program is in need of a well-rounded selection of books including Mystery, Fiction, Non-fiction, Biographies and Autobiographies, History, Romance, Science Fiction, Children’s, Religious, How-To and Self-Help books. If you are able to donate please contact:

Grace Bova
Project Director
Interfaith Caregivers
2975 Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463
phone: (718) 548-1700 x477
GBova@fhsny.org

Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT)

Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT) is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization - Donations are tax deductible.  JAMPACT’s Mission is to influence and improve socio-economic conditions which affect Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora by developing social welfare programs, with particular focus on educational initiatives targeting youth; raise public awareness on topical Issues; provide opportunities and resources to grow and strengthen the network of young professionals, entrepreneurs, students and friends of Jamaica. They are currently conducting an annual school supply drive for schools in Jamaica and would be grateful for any books currently available for Pre-K to 7years old.

Mailing Address to Receive Donations:
Trans-Continental Express Shippers
118-40 Montauk Street
St. Albans, NY 11412
Attn: JAMPACT

Contact Information: Gloria Messam, Education Committee. Email: Schoolsupplydrive@jampact.org or successglo@aol.com, Phone: 718-753-2868

James F. Murray Public School 38

James F. Murray Public School 38 in Jersey City is a non-profit public school that houses students from Grades Pre-K through 8. All students in grades 1 through 8 visit the library once a week for classes and book circulation. I am reaching out to you to ask for a donation of books that will become part of our library's collection. Our current collection is outdated, but through various grants and small donations, we have been able to give it new life. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated by both the staff and our students who are eager to get their hands on quality books.

To make a donation, please contact:

Christine Martinetti
Library Media Specialist
James F. Murray PS 38
339 Stegman Pkwy
Jersey City, NJ 07305
cditrolio@jcboe.org
201-915-6619

Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy

Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy is a tuition free, public charter school in Maple Lake, MN for students in grades 6 – 12. The school provides a personalized learning community with hands-on, student directed learning and project-based learning opportunities focused on life skills. There is an environmental emphasis integrated throughout the curriculum. The school is seeking fiction and non-fiction books. Our school is project based so non-fiction science, and how-to books are especially popular. 

Contact: Jackie Longhenry, 952-852-0129 or info@jgesa.org

Donations can be sent to:
8008 8rd ST NW
Maple Lake, MN 55358

Judith's Reading Room

Judith's Reading Room, a non-profit established in 2010, promotes "Freedom Through Literacy" by providing custom libraries to non-profit organizations that serve people who, for any reason, have limited or no access to literature. Our libraries benefit local low-income and at-risk families, local hospitals, children learning English across the world, and our honored veterans and active-duty soldiers.

Judith’s Reading Room was established in memory of Judith F. Krug, first cousin to its founders. As Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for over forty years, Judith fought for the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, believing that no one has the right to tell other people what they can or cannot read. At Judith’s Reading Room, we want our individually prepared libraries to be a universal symbol representing the ideal that every person around the world deserves access to literature, which has the power to transport and transform.

We have two specific needs:

  • Children’s books birth to five years old, specifically board books, for children who come from families that access WIC programs in Northeast Pennsylvania. These books will help children bridge the 30 million word gap and start school "ready to learn."
  • Quality trade paperback books for veterans and active-duty soldiers, and women undergoing chemotherapy at cancer hospitals, among others.

Please mail your donations to:

Judith’s Reading Room
378 County Line Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077

Contact: Cathy Leiber, Co-Founder, cathyleiber@gmail.com, (484) 661-6151

Juvenile Justice League Inc.

Juvenile Justice League Inc. (JJL) is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and advocacy services for middle and high school youth and their families in the Bronx that have been involved in the juvenile justice system, youth who are at risk of failing out of school and youth who are in need of guidance, so that they don’t fall prey to the streets. Our goals are to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. JJL’s strategies focus on giving young people the chance to form relationships with caring adults, build skill, exercise leadership, and help their communities.

The long-term goal of Juvenile Justice League Inc. is to empower the youth to break the cycle that is leading to trouble in school, at home and in the streets. Your book donations of all kinds for middle and high schoolers make it possible for our children to receive educational opportunities, to enjoy social and recreational activities, and to build self-esteem in a positive, loving environment which will allow the youth to grow into well-rounded productive contributing members of society. 

Mailing address for donations: 
Attn: Iesha Feaster
Juvenile Justice League Inc.
PO Box 661 
Bronx, NY 10451

Contact Information: Iesha Feaster, Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer. Email: Iesha.Feaster@juvenilejusticeleague.org, Phone: 646-773-7017.

Kids Need to Read

Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.

Our mission is that all children and adolescents will have access to quality books no matter their race, economic status, or capabilities. Further, our organization will provide inspiring programs to increase literacy rates and decrease dropout rates throughout the United States. These programs will be presented in a manner that will foster and uphold dignity and self-respect. We will consistently demonstrate to children and adolescents the need to read, as we believe literacy contributes to school and life success.

Through the books we donate and the programs we initiate, Kids Need to Read is inspiring a culture of reading and positive attitudes in children and adolescents, especially those who may have few positive influences or role models in their lives. In the gifts and programs we provide, these children are free to once again indulge their imagination, explore their potential, and re-discover a world – and a future – without limits. Inspired by messages of hope, courage, compassion, kindness, friendship, love, tolerance, and perseverance, our goal is to empower children with the knowledge and confidence necessary to shape their own futures and make their lives everything they want it to be.

Mailing Address for Donations: 
Attn: Lori Cothrun
Kids Need to Read
2450 West Broadway Road, Suite 110
Mesa, Arizona 85202

Contact Information: Lori Cothrun, Operations Director. Email: lori@kidsneedtoread.org, Phone: 480-256-0015

The Lake Valley PTO

The Lake Valley PTA is a parent run organization that works to enhance the education of the nearly 500 students that the local elementary school serves. Our school librarian is need of books for the students of Lake Valley. We would like to be considered for book donations. Our librarian finds that we are often in need of the following authors, titles or age range books: Hardback early-readers K-3 such as Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Marcus Pfister, Richard Scarry, P.D. Eastman, etc. Of course we would love new books for all our students but the younger groups have the greatest need in our library. Any book donation for our students would be greatly appreciated.

To donate, contact: Nicky Indicavitch Lake Valley PTA President 2015-16 lakevalleypto@gmail.com (928) 899-4459

The Lelt Foundation

The Lelt Foundation is dedicated to helping orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of our programs, “the Repi School Lunch Program,” provides food for students who have been labeled “severely malnourished” by the Ethiopian government. Our goal is to get these students fed so they can concentrate in school, receive their proper education and pull out of the cycle of poverty. We regularly return to Addis Ababa to work directly with the children. Our school programs director for the Repi School asked us to bring some beginning English books so that the students can improve their education. The school has hardly any supplies (they also asked us for pencils, pens and paper). They seem to have nothing that a school should have. Getting quality workbooks and general supplies will make an immense difference to these children.

If you have any lower level (K-2nd grade) English activity/educational books or supplies that you can spare for the children of Repi School in Ethiopia, we can give you a receipt of donation and show you photo documentation of the books arriving and being put into use. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Please mail your donations to:

Attn: Anja Wood
The Lelt Foundation
243 Riverside Drive, Suite #MZ 2
New York, NY 10025

Contact: 917.674.5710 or anjawood@nyc.rr.com

The Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center

The YALC serves students ages 17-24 who have been disconnected from school, many of whom have been involved in the justice system, and are studying to pass the GED and/or earn a workforce credential. To give a sense of the students we are serving in the 2015-2016 academic year (August-July):

  • 89% of students were faced with at least one vulnerability: homelessness, pregnant/parenting, justice system involvement or facing mental health issues.
  • 16% faced three or more vulnerabilities.

In order to help our students understand the importance and value of reading at home with their children, we have launched a group for our student-parents. Activities include modeling read-aloud strategies, reading reflections, making time to read aloud at home, field trips to the local library to hear presentations by the children's librarian, and sending each YALC student-parent home with a donated book to keep each month to help build their own libraries.

We are seeking donations of books for infants through Grade 2, especially ones with diverse characters.

Website:
http://www.seeforever.org/maya-angelou-public-charter-schools/young-adult-learning-center/

Contact Information:

Jennifer Nauss
jnauss@seeforever.org
(202) 289-8898 ext. 1714
5600 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC  20019

Michigan Friends of Education

Michigan Friends of Education is an affiliate of the Library of Michigan and works toward a better tomorrow by increasing the academic achievements and reading skills of children and needy adults in Michigan. The program rescues beautiful, usable books and materials from being destroyed by soliciting donations from publishers and distributors who have overstocked or outdated inventory. These books are then provided at no cost to a wide variety of social organizations that serve the needy. This includes disadvantaged readers, the ill, the incarcerated, senior citizens, and the handicapped. Michigan Friends of Education serves an estimated 855,000 people.

By donating books, magazines, craft supplies, and literary enhancing items, Michigan Friends of Education works as a cooperative network to qualified social organizations on an equal per-capita basis as opposed to first come, first served.

If you are able to donate, please contact:

Kitty Gailey or Suzi Schroeder
Michigan Friends of Education (MFE)
P.O. Box 183
171 Kuhn Street
Gregory, MI 48137

Contact information: phone: (743) 498-3003 or 1-800-846-8876, mifriends@charterinternet.com

Minds Matter of Los Angeles

Minds Matter of Los Angeles is a college access program for high school students from low-income families. Our students enroll as sophomores, and for three years, spend every Saturday throughout the school year developing skills, and enhancing academic performance, in preparation for college success and beyond. The Minds Matter program includes:

  • Math, Writing, and Critical Thinking tutoring
  • Dedicated mentoring
  • Formal leadership development
  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills workshops, and outside speakers
  • Participation in leading academic summer programs around the USA and other countries
  • Guidance and mentoring through college

Our students are smart, young adults who love to read. We appreciate book donations of all types, especially those on recommended for the AP English reading list and high school text books.

If you are able to donate, please contact: Tina Admans — President & Chairperson (info@mindsmatterla.org) or send donations to:

Minds Matter of Los Angeles
19360 Rinaldi Street #705
Porter Ranch, CA 91326

Mission EduCare

Mission EduCare, aka MeCA, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011. Our main goal is to enrich the learning environment for children by providing essential educational materials, training, and infrastructure to schools in under served and developing communities globally. Since our formation, we have accomplished numerous initiatives including providing shoes and backpacks to all the students at a school in Kenya, creating our global MeCA ConneXion pen pal program (where students in USA are communicating to students abroad), became a coalition member of the Global Campaign for Education-US chapter, and providing books and school supplies to children in Africa. Our specific book-related initiatives include:

Kenya Library Initiative: We started libraries in 3 Kenya schools: Mbugwa Primary School and Kihuti Primary School in the Mukurweini District and the Donald Romeo Academy in Kakamega, Kenya serving over 940 students.

Ghana Initiative: We provided school supplies for the 720 students attending Sempe Primary School located in Accra, Ghana.

Readers to Leaders: A program designed to build leadership qualities in children through the power of reading, writing and communication. The program supports various reading clubs, schools, and community libraries in developing communities. We were able to donate hundreds of books to support the Yen Anidaso Clubs of Readers (YACoR) located in Kyebi, Eastern Region Ghana serving over 200 children.

Ethiopia Initiative - Library Project: Our latestinitiative is to start a library at the Aduu Subba School located in Oromia Region, Sebeta Twon Ethiopia, which currently has 360 student enrolled.

We ask for your support so that we can continue to make a positive impact on children in developing communities around the world. You may contact Denise Allen, Executive Director and Founder, for any questions you may have at deniseallen@missioneducare.org.

If you would like to contribute to our programs, you can make a tax deductible donation in two ways:

Online on our website or donations addressed to Mission EduCare and sent to the below address:

Mission EduCare 
P.O. Box 21
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
732-289-2396
info@missioneducare.org

Missouri Girls Town

Reading Materials for Young Women

Missouri Girls Town provides residential care for adolescent girls between the ages of eight and twenty-one who are in need of a therapeutic structured living environment to address emotional and behavioral disorders. Within the State of Missouri Guidelines, Missouri Girls Town is licensed to provide services for 56 total girls in Care Levels 3 and 4, Transitional Living, Structured and Unstructured Scatters-site apartments. Client referrals are accepted from the Children’s Division, Juvenile Offices, Department of Mental Health, Adoption Subsidy and private placement. Our mission is to help every girl in our care gain a new start on life. MGT serves clients who have been sexually abused, physically abused, or severely neglected as well as those who are emotionally disturbed or suffer from behavioral and attachment disorders. The goal is to prepare clients to transition to a less restrictive living environment, which may include returning home, entering foster care, or graduating to an independent living program.

The library at Missouri Girls Town is outdated and some of the girls use reading as a way to deal with feelings and emotions in a positive way. For example when they are stressed or angry, they will read and it calms them down. Getting to the library off campus isn’t the easiest task to complete for most of the girls, so the library on campus is all they have. If the library included more current books in good condition the girls would read more and this would help them to be more successful in the classroom as well as in their future endeavors, including college. Any donation you are willing to give would be helpful and the staff as well as the residents would be grateful!

Contact Donor Relations Coordinator Dezra Lawson at dlawson@mogirlstown.org or 573-642-5345 ext. 22 with additional questions. Donations can be sent to:

Attn: Dezra Lawson
Missouri Girls Town
8548 Jade Rd.
Kingdom City, MO 65262

New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children’s mission is to provide innovative high quality services in support of birth, foster, and adoptive families caring primarily for medically fragile children. NAC’s mission includes children with severe physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges and developmental disabilities. NAC’s services enable children to remain in or to be returned to their families whenever possible or to be adopted by loving families. Working primarily with children whose birth families live in poverty, NAC’s continuum of services ensures that children’s physical, social, educational, recreational, medical, and mental healthcare needs are met. By supporting families NAC prevents lengthy stays in foster care, hospitals, or other institutions. NAC builds on family strengths, provides opportunities, and assists all family members in reaching for and achieving their potential. To make a donation, please contact:

Attn: Gajtana Simonovski, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations
New Alternatives for Children
37 W. 26th Street
6th floor
New York, NY 10010
212.651.8036
gsimonovski@nackidscan.org

Open Books Ltd.

Founded in 2006, Open Books Ltd. is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates transformational reading and writing experiences for children. Our Book Grant programs provide over 100,000 free books each year to students in need. We donate boxes full of high interest, developmentally appropriate, hand-selected books to classrooms and nonprofits throughout Chicago. We also provide free books to prisons, shelters, and community centers. Open Books donates roughly 2,000 books every week and we cannot do it without a steady supply of book donations.

Most of the schools we work with have low-income student rates of 97% or higher. These schools often lack school or classroom libraries and have no budget for purchasing books. We fill hundreds of book grant requests each year and as demand for the program grows, we struggle to keep engaging titles for K-12 students in stock. We rely entirely on donated books to fill book grants and appreciate any support you can provide.

Contact Person/Email/Phone:

Christina Brown, Book Coordinator
cbrown@open-books.org
312.475.1355 x114

Mailing Address to Receive Donations:

Open Books Pilsen
905 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Pages for Children

Pages for Children is a nonprofit organization that sends books and cards to sick children and teens while in the hospital. This is a free program that will involve any and all hospitals that deal with sick children that will happen all year long, every year. We need new or gently used books that are appropriate for anyone 18 years of age or under. They don't all have to be reading books, it can be coloring books or activity books.

For more information, send donations or to contact Pages for Children:
Olivia Hardy
Pages for Children, Inc.
14204 Section Line Rd
Elkmont, AL 35620
info@pagesforchildren.org

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Little Free Library

The Free Little Library Program offered at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Sunnyvale Pediatrics department will provide a free children’s book and literacy support materials to each child visiting the doctor for a well child check up. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.” (American Academy of Pediatrics Literacy Promotion Policy, 2014). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatric providers advise all parents of the benefits of reading aloud with their children. Providers are to encourage parents to engage in developmentally appropriate shared-reading activities as well as provide developmentally appropriate books at health supervision visits for all high-risk, low-income children.

Contact:

Mallory Olson, olsonm1@pamf.org, 650-934-7380
Community Health Resource Center
701 E. El Camino Real, 3rd Fl
Mountain View, CA 94040

Plato Academy

Plato Academy is a PreK-8 independent school that actively engages children in their own learning and is responsive to every child’s developmental needs. They are seeking fiction and non-fiction books. 

Donations can be sent to:
Plato Academy
733 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-768-7188

Reader To Reader, Inc. Book Donations for U.S. Schools

Reader To Reader, Inc., an award-winning 501(c)(3) public charity is dedicated to bringing books, free of charge, to needy school libraries around the United States. The organization serves over 200 of the nation's poorest public schools and colleges and spans grades pre-k through college. With 60% of underprivileged children not owning even a single book, a well-stocked school library is a critical resource hub that is a necessity not a luxury. Among the communities served are schools in the nation's poorest communities, including inner-city schools, Native American Reservations, and poor rural towns. Publisher's surplus books represent an invaluable resource for poor communities where there is literally no budget at all for book acquisition, and the librarians struggle to keep their time-worn books in readable condition.

Please contact:
David Mazor, Executive Director
Reader To Reader, Inc.
24 Mt. View Circle
Amherst, MA 01002
phone: 413-256-8595
dmazor@readertoreader.org 
Donations are tax-deductible

Robert F. Wagner Middle School

The office of New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick is holding a book drive for Robert F. Wagner Middle School, located in New York City. Wagner Middle School is a large, ethnically diverse school of 1,300 students, 35 percent of whom receive free lunch. The new school library is in need of books for 4th through 12th grade reading levels, with a particular emphasis on 6th through 8th grade-level. Fiction and nonfiction are welcome. If you are able to donate books please contact:

Office of Council Member Garodnick
Attn: Brian Goldberg or Dan Pasquini
211 East 43rd St.
New York, NY 10017
phone: 212- 818-0580
garodbookdrive@gmail.com

Royal Live Oaks Academy

Royal Live Oaks Academy is a charter school in Hardeeville, SC with a mission to increase the successful participation of low-income students and to build a college-seeking culture. Although anticipating the completion of a new campus in 2016, they are currently holding classes in cottages/modular classrooms and have no central library. The K-10 reading coach at RLOACS is helping teachers establish classroom library systems that will be effective for engaging students in classroom-based reading/book checkout until and after the construction of the school library and will monitor the school's book catalog using Booksource for school bookrooms (a free online program). They are seeking K-10 book donations on any topic across all genres.

To make a donation, please contact:

T. D. James-Moss, M.Ed., PBL/Reading Coach
Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts and Sciences
1398 Church Road; P.O. Box 528 (Mail to P.O. Box 528)
Hardeeville, SC 29927

(843) 784-2630 (School)
(704) 313-8562 (Google Voice)
(385) 2-RLOACS (Google Voice)
terri.james-moss@rloacs.org

Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory

The Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory is starting a library and are looking for gently used books appropriate for youths between the ages of 3 and 17. We serve students from the Title I schools in the Sacramento Valley Region and they are interested in classic literature, textbooks, fiction and non-fiction, music, art, etc. Read more.

If you are able to make a donation, please contact:

Clara Litman
Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory
10702 Alicante Way
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 308-2307
clara.spac@live.com

San Diego Down Syndrome Organization

The San Diego Down Syndrome Organization was founded in 2011. Its mission is to educate the community about individuals with Down Syndrome which will result in greater acceptance, to advocate for the realization and enhancement of the full spectrum of human and civil rights for persons with Down syndrome, to address social policy issues and conditions that affect the growth and the potential of persons with Down syndrome, to gather and disseminate accurate information regarding Down syndrome, to promote public awareness and a better understanding of Down syndrome, to encourage partnerships between parents and medical and educational professionals concerned with Down syndrome, to provide support to families of children with Down syndrome, and to encourage quality services for persons with Down syndrome. It implements its mission by supporting new parents of babies with Down syndrome, presenting workshops on topics of importance to our members and to those in the community concerned with Down syndrome, sponsoring social activities for members and their families and friends, and supporting legal and legislative initiatives to benefit those with intellectual disabilities. If you are able to donate books please contact:

John L. Leslie, Founder
San Diego Down Syndrome. Org 
501 (C)(3) Non Profit
12038 Woodside Ave Ste A
Lakeside, CA 92040

Tel 619-708-5636
Fax 619-858-2321
jleslie@sandiegodownsyndrome.org

South Carolina State Library Foundation

The South Carolina State Library supports efforts to place books in the hands of children. We were able to give out over 4,000 books for free at this year’s Storyfest event, the summer reading statewide kickoff. However, as you can see from the news, the flooding devastation in South Carolina is unbelievable. Libraries are assessing damage while up to 400 roads and bridges have been closed across the state. Some libraries have lost collections or are facing great building damage. We know what a long process it can be and so the State Library Foundation is ready to help. The State Library Foundation will assist the State Library in collecting funds for library collection, materials for library collections, or both funds and materials to assist libraries across the state. We will be sure that the books are distributed to those libraries in need across the state.

Books can be sent to:

Denise Lyons, Foundation Liaison
1500 Senate Street, Columbia SC 29201.
The Foundation information can be found at www.scslfoundation.org or call Denise at 803-734-6061. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

Stamford High School Book Club

The Book Club mailing list at Stamford High School has over 200 students on it. They average about 30 students who come to each book club meeting. They vote on books they would like to read, and occasionally they get to order them if they receive funds from a grant. The Club truly gets teachers and students reading.

The book club facilitator would love to receive MULTIPLE COPIES of books geared toward teens or young adults. 50 books of the same title would be ideal. If anyone is able to help, please mail donations to:

Attn: Mary R. George

Stamford High School, Library Media
55 Strawberry Hill Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
203-977-6176
mgeorge@stamfordct.gov

St Patrick School

St Patrick school is a very small primary school located in Chatham, NJ. The school educates grades Pre-K through 8th grade. Students are guided to become productive members of society and have an appreciation for service to others, act with integrity, exercise self-discipline and love learning in general. Because we are such a small school with no public funding, our success depends upon volunteers and donations. Books for kids ages PreK-8th grade are requested.

Contact:
Patricia Solfaro (psolfaro@gmail.com)
908-303-7136

Mailing Address:
Patricia Solfaro
Basket Bonanza Fundraising Coordinator
16 Club Road
Chatham, NJ 07928

The Supply Zone for Teachers

The Supply Zone for Teachers serves the educational and creative needs of children in Brevard County’s highest poverty schools by providing classroom supplies to teachers free of charge through monetary donations and donated merchandise. Books are some of the most frequently requested items at the Supply Zone, since many of the students who benefit from this program do not even have a single book at home. Often times, their parents have to choose between either putting food on the table or buying school supplies such as books. We want to help ensure that these children have access to reading material. The Supply Zone for Teachers is the newest program sponsored by the Brevard Schools Foundation. Established in 1987, the Brevard Schools Foundation is a direct-support, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which matches community resources with the needs of schools.

If you are able to donate books, please contact:

Elizabeth Schreiber, Program Manager
Supply Zone for Teachers
1225 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922
321-617-7727
321-633-3660 ext. 301
Schreiber.Elizabeth@BrevardSchools.org

Turn the Page KC

Turn the Page KC, a 3rd Grade Reading nonprofit, is seeking new and gently used books geared for K-3 aged children. At Turn the Page KC, our goal is that all Kansas City, Missouri children will read at grade level by 3rd grade. Currently, only half of third grader’s in our city are reading proficiently. We believe that one of the most successful ways of increasing reading proficiency levels is through access to books in the home. The more books that we can get into the hands of Kansas City children, the more proficient readers our city will have.

Contact:
Mike English
E: menglish@turnthepagekc.org
P: 816-718-8926

Donations of all types of new or gently used K-3 level books will be graciously accepted at:
Turn the Page KC
4049 Pennsylvania st. Suite 301
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc.

United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that is seeking age-appropriate book donations for a newly-added local elementary/middle school library that is in dire need of books. We service impoverished, and under-achieving populations in our area and our focus is on education.  

Please contact: 

Donna Jean Yannuzzi
donna.yannuzzi@local.unitedway.org570.455.9515  ext. 16

United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc.
134 South Wyoming Street
Hazleton, PA  18201-7083

University City School District

The University City School District in St. Louis, MO serves a diverse population, being primarily low-income African American students.  The librarian for our summer school program serves all 4 of our elementary schools in the district.  It is mandated that we don't conduct book checkout during summer school, therefore I am looking for book donations.  Our students often don't have a lot of books at home and I would like to send them home with a book to keep each week instead of just checking one out.  Please send all year round to stock up for a June launch.  

Mailing Address to Receive Donations:  
Attn: Megan James
7400 Balson Ave.
University City, MO 63130

Contact Information:  Megan James, Library Media Specialist. Email: Mjames@ucityschools.org, Phone: 314-290-4463

Velocity of Books

Velocity of Books is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that has collected and distributed over 40,000 books.  Our goal to get bookmobiles out to communities with lower literacy rates, poverty and high crime. We provide books directly to numerous organizations through programs such as Reach Out and Read, Mary's Center for Woman and Children and Homeless Children's Playtime Project. Books are currently needed for community outreach programs and will be distributed to programs, such as prisons, medical clinics, schools, shelters, home-bound adults.
Additional information about donations can be found at https://www.facebook.com/VelocityofBooks.

Mailing address for donations: 
Attn: Carolyn Thompson
Velocity of Books
1355 Piccard Drive, Suite #320 
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Contact Information: Carolyn Thompson, Co-Founder, Email: VelocityofBooks@gmail.com, Phone: 301-674-3056

White Plains PTA Council

The White Plains PTA Council’s annual PTA Free Book Celebration was initiated to benefit lower-income K-12 students within the White Plains City School District (WPCSD). The school system serves over 7,000 students, many with limited access to book ownership, and the PTA believes that reading literacy is a fundamental factor in ensuring that children can reach their full intellectual and career potential. However, within their community, families often face financial constraints and other challenges that prevent them from providing their children full access to books they need to achieve full reading literacy. The achievement gap in White Plains is evidenced at every grade level through NY state assessment scores, graduation rates and SAT scores. Free and reduced lunch rate is 54% district wide, with three of the elementary schools close to or above 60%.

The PTA Free Book Celebration is a community event with no charge to enter or participate. This event is to support all WPCSD students by sponsoring literacy activities and providing free books, and the focus will be on the “traditionally underserved” and providing them with services and materials to lessen the achievement gap. View more on their Facebook page.

If you are able to donate books for this event, please contact:

Caroline Furry
5 Homeside Lane
White Plains, NY 10605
dfurrywitt@netzero.com
914-949-3948

Volunteers of America of Florida

Since 1996, Volunteers of America of Florida has operated a Lifelong Center at 1460 West Flagler St., Miami, FL. We provide classes, reading space, and other services for free. Our Lifelong Center is open for general public without any restriction. We request book donations of all types and genres, English and Spanish language preferred.

Contact: Mr. Julio Salinas, Program Manager/ jsalinas@voa-fla.org/ 305-609-0694/
Mailing address: 1492 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135

With Wings & a Halo

Providing books to children of all ages during an emergency/crisis situation

"With Wings & a Halo" is currently seeking donations of childrens' books for ages toddler to pre-teen. The books will be included in packets to be distributed by local police and emergency medical volunteers to children during a crisis situation. The purpose of "With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child" is to reach out to children across America that find themselves in a crisis situation, whether they are being treated in a Children's Hospital, a Natural Disaster Area Shelter or children who are temporarily homeless or in distress.

If you are able to donate books please contact:

Paul S. Gilbertson-Co-Founder
Chris A. Gilbertson-Co-Founder
407 Augusta Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
phone: (866) 992-6324
paul@withwingsandahalo.org

 

INTERNATIONAL & NON-501(c)3 ORGANIZATIONS

21st Century University College

The 21st Century University College (21CUC), Keta, Volta Region, Ghana is conceived as a centre of excellence for learning, research, and professional development. Outcomes of educational endeavors will promote sustainable development, employment growth, improved health, and poverty reduction in the West African sub-region in particular.

The University College is registered as a limited by Guarantee (Non-For Profit) hence non-taxable. It is envisioned that 21 CUC will be a centre of excellence uniquely positioned to prepare professional health care practitioners to meet the health needs of Ghana and the global community for the 21st century and beyond. Additionally, service and outreach activities will implement programs to empower individuals and support community development. The mission of 21st Century University College (21CUC) is to provide an outstanding academic student-centered environment that educates professional health care practitioners who are prepared with the necessary critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to be responsive to health care challenges of a developing nation within a global society. University goals will be maximized through excellence in teaching, research and service. Information on our Academic Programs is available upon request.

  • Age of Readers: Adults (Tertiary Students)
  • English Reading Ability: Advanced
  • Types of Books Needed: Text books and reference books in Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Physician Assistant Programs, General Psychology, Medical laboratory Technology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Nutrition and dietetics, Biochemistry.

If you are able to donation, please contact:

Christmal jonah Kpodo
Gen. Secratory
21st Century University College
P.O.Box KW 64 Keta
Volta Region
Ghana
Email: centuryhealth2010@hotmail.com 
Phone: +233 246602308 OR +233 509091833

Adventist University of Lukanga

The Adventist University of Lukanga seeks donations of used books, journals, magazines, and any type of literature in French language for our library. Our organization was established in 1996 and is serving the university community, Lukanga village, and its surrounding community with library services. The project for which we request these used literature will make a great difference in the lives of the students, surrounding schools in the community in the following way: eradication of illiteracy, improving students, faculty members and patrons research, citizens would participate in reading programs.

If you are able to make a donation, please contact:

Professor A. Benjamin Akyiano
Vice-Chancellor, Universite Adventiste de Lukanga (UNILUK)
B.P. 180, Butembo, Nord Kivu Province,
Democratic Republic of Congo (OR)
P.O. Box 6965
Kampala Uganda
Email: akyianotablet1@gmail.com

Cornerstone Christian Family Church Library

Cornerstone Christian Family Church in Bergsig Heidelberg, South Africa under the leadership of Senior Pastor Vigan and Debby Reddy has established their church Library and is in need of the following information resources to cater to the community they serve:

  • Bibles
  • Christian support books e.g. concordances,
  • Bible dictionaries
  • Sunday school materials
  • Christian fiction and non-fiction
  • Children’s books
  • DVDs and CDs

If you are able to make a donation, please contact:

Mr. Job Mothiba Librarian, Cornerstone Christian Family Church
P.O.Box 5014
Bergsig
Heidelberg
1441
+27(0)732084668
info@cornerstonefamily.co.za 
http://ccfclibraryblog.wordpress.com/

Ebrahimi library

The Ebrahimi Library is located in Iran. It is in close contact with foreign institutes with which it exchanges books in various specialized fields. The library is requesting books, cultural materials and other publications to support their foreign languages department. 

Contact: Fatima Karimi, eblibrary@gmail.com, 0313 221 8861 
Mailing Address to Receive Donations: 114 Laleh Park, Isfahan 81985, Iran

Foundation of Unprivileged Orphans and Widows

The Foundation of Unprivileged Orphans and Widows initiative wishes to apply for assistance in form of text books to help start up the Tech Ed (Technical Education) project. In 2011, the Foundation of Unprivileged Orphans and Widows initiative launched five new programs, including a community day care center, computer training center, substance abuse program, and an alternative learning program for high school drop-outs. They delivered a total of $5000 in the community improvement projects in one year alone; an outstanding record of achievement. Their staff has doubled in an effort to effectively administer our new programs as well as keep pace with our organization's growing administrative responsibilities. 

The organization is currently seeking textbooks in various subjects over three years to expand its very successful Tech Ed (Technical Education) program to provide aggressive, hands-on training and alternative education programs in its inner-city neighborhoods. Tech Ed is a highly effective five-year-old academic enrichment program for inner-city junior high and high school students who are orphans. Formed through a partnership between NGO's, FBO's, CBO's, the local college and the city's school district, the program currently has a total enrollment of 500 students. 

The newly expanded PUTER (People Using Tech Ed Resources) outreach program will utilize the resources and leadership of Tech Ed students skills and knowledge to support high school drop-outs, under skilled and unemployed adults, single parents, and other community members lacking the adequate computer skills and educational resources needed to secure and maintain skilled jobs with which to support themselves and their families.

For more information on donating or partnering with the Foundation's demonstrated interest in alternative education and youth leadership development, especially for those from the underrepresented minority communities, please contact:

Chairman 
Allan Mbaziira Dweain 
Foundation of Unprivileged Orphans and Widows Initiative
Kampala

Uganda
Tele.No+256700637780

E-MAIL : fuowi06@gmail.com

Gyan Jyoti Foundation Nepal

Gyan Jyoti Foundation Nepal was established to donate books to schools, colleges, community libraries, women’s education and literacy classes, senior citizens’ clubs, drug and alcohol rehab centers, orphanages, and homes for the needy. The organization has started to collect old and used books by local donors and has spent the last four years donating those books to other institutions for students and people who cannot afford to buy new books to study. Books are the first keys to knowledge, and donating books is our way to share our success with the society. A public foundation library is a great place to make them easily accessible for those in need. Any donations of used books are greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in learning more or making a donation, please contact:

Sudhir Dhungana
Founder, Gyan Jyoti Foundation Nepal
Tel: +977-9841342981
Email: gyanjyoti158@gmail.com

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) Library

The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) Library welcomes gifts of books and other cultural heritage materials that extend and complement existing collections. IITH Library is deeply grateful to anyone who donates, and they accept books, journals, recordings, archival material, manuscripts, and other material that supports the institute’s research and teaching mission. Because student and faculty interests are so diverse at IITH, the Library can make good use of gifts in many subject fields. As background, IIT Hyderabad was established in 2009 with a collection of 1,000 books. More details are available at http://library.iith.ac.in/.

To donate books to the library, contact:

Mr. C. Mallikarjuna
Assistant Librarian
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Ordinance Factory Estate (ODF)
Yeddumailaram-502205
Telangana, India

Tel: 91-040-23016025
mallikarjunac@iith.ac.in

International Centre for Environmental Education and Community Development (ICENECDEV)

The International Centre for Environmental Education and Community Development, Preserving and Conserving Nature for Sustainable Development is a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Buea Cameroon. We are currently working in expanding our library program in reaching the increasing population of about 57,000 people interested in research and education in the Anglo-Saxon university of Buea, including those attending the Catholic University, professional schools, research centres, secondary and primary schools. ICENECDEV is requesting technical and material resources (including books) to build the capacity of its library located in the university community Buea. Past donors include:

  • Tusk Trust UK
  • Bees for development UK
  • Hesperian foundation USA
  • Trees for the Future USA
  • Ramsar convention Switzerland
  • African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement(AEWA)/UNEP-Germany
  • Agromisa Foundation Netherlands
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural cooperation Netherlands

Book donations will be of great importance for students, farmers, researchers, and local inhabitants in the communities who visit community library. Donations will be part of a project equipping a community library with computers, shelves, books, complete with ten laptops, internet access, and trained staff. ICENECDEV has been working since 2010 to open and equip this library, the first one to exist in this isolated and drought-prone area. A computer lab will provide community members and students with technology and professional training, access to educational resources, and a much needed means of communication.

For details on donating, please contact Eric Fongoh, Executive Director, International Centre for Environmental Education and Community Development (ICENECDEV), Preserving and Conserving Nature for Sustainable Development. icenecdev2006@yahoo.com. Tel: +237 33 60 93 11/ 74 03 35 83 / 96 27 89 31

Lagodekhi Public Library

The Lagodekhi Public Library serves 52,100 residents. We have a diverse population made up of ethnic Georgians, Azeris, Polish, Russians, Germans, and others. The majority of our new books are for preschool and kindergarten children. Books for young adults and adults are incredibly old and no longer accurate when taking into consideration nonfiction. We would love for publishers to send us books for young adults and adults. We have a decent English-speaking population within the municipality so if publishers are only able to send English-language materials then that is fine. Books published in Azeri, Russian, Polish, German, and/or Georgian are also welcome for any age-range. Donation requests include, 5th-12th grade fiction and nonfiction; Adult nonfiction and fiction; Foreign language books: Azeri, German, Polish, Georgian, Russian. 

Contact Person:
PCV Samantha Gross-Galindo (until July 2017)
sammygg22@gmail.com/ +995 591 88 66 47

Mailing Address:
Georgian Civil Development Association
ATTN: Samantha Gross-Galindo
14 Kostava St
Lagodekhi, Kakheti 2700
Republic of Georgia

The Nanubhai Education Foundation

The Nanubhai Education Foundation was founded in 2007 to honor the former principal of Kadod High School, Kadod. Based in rural Gujarat, India, the Nanubhai Education Foundation works to improve education at our partner sites. A large percentage of the students at the rural high schools we serve are from “Scheduled Tribes and Castes,” ethnic and caste groups which have been historically oppressed. By helping to improve the quality of English education, we are equipping our students with the tools they need to succeed in modern, globalized India. Some of our initiatives include teacher training workshops, technology development, scholarships for young women, and a before and after school Spoken English program.

Currently, we are seeking ESL textbook donations for our Spoken English program. We have very few resources for teaching these twice-daily, hourlong classes. A set of approximately 100 used, low-beginner to high-beginner English textbooks would greatly help us improve our students' English skills.

If you have any questions about the specifics of what we would need, please contact Sarah Birgé, Senior Fellow of Professional Development, at sbirge@gmail.com.

Please mail donations to:

Sarah Birgé
c/o Principal Mahida
The Kadod High School, Kadod
TA: Bardoli, DI: Surat
Gujarat
INDIA
394335

Progressive Resource Center, North West Pakistan

Khwendo Kor's Progressive Resource Center, North West Pakistan is a non-profit that concentrates on education for girls. Its regional manager, Ibrash Pasha, has been working to promote reading culture and has established both a Progressive Resource Center and a children’s library. The organization also displays books in different places and encourages the people (mostly children) to start reading and engaging in positive activities. They are also engaging volunteers and activists to demand establishing public libraries in towns and cities and engaging the government and its representatives to functionalize the district’s only library, which is currently closed. The area where Khwendo Kor works is a conflict zone since the last 10 years and is located on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan where hundreds of the schools have been blown up by extremists. They kindly request books and written materials for their literacy initiatives. For more information, please contact:

Ibrash Pasham, Regional Manager
Khwendo Kor, Regional Office
Balambat Colony, Timergara,
Dir Lower, Pukhtunkhwa

Ph# +92-945-822806
Fax: +92-945-9250070
Email: ibrash@khwendokor.org.pk
Cell# +92-300-9363403

Save the Poor International

Save the Poor International (SPI)—a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) legally registered with the Registrar General’s Department and the Department of Social Welfare in the Republic of Ghana—aims to reach out to the needy. As part of our educational program, we distribute and donate School supplies, Computers, Laptops, Library books, Humanitarian Aid and other social support materials to rural community Schools and Institutions around Ghana. Since its establishment in August 2006, SPI has focused its activities within the rural communities in the Eastern, Brong-Ahafo, Volta, Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana and it is our desire to expand our operations to other regions in Ghana as well. We believe that we have a responsibility to give hope to those without it, to feed the hungry, give comfort to the afflicted, to visit the forgotten and imprisoned and finally to give shelter and support to the very least.

The organization in its operations offer assistance through its programs to the homeless, orphans, persons with disability, street children, prisoners, widows, individuals and others with psychological, emotional, spiritual and social problems. Nevertheless, there is still more room for improvement. 

If publishers are able to contribute, we are seeking books for our community libraries, notebooks, textbooks for community schools, and Bibles and religious materials (gentle used or new) for hospitals, prisons, schools, churches and individuals.

Mailing Address to Receive Donations:  
Save the Poor International (SPI) NGO
P. O. Box NK 195
Nkawkaw Kwahu, Eastern Region
Ghana, West – Africa.

Contact information: Samuel Annoh Yeboah, Executive Director. Phone: (+233) 303 938 320 or (+233) 277 853 809, Email: savethepoorinternational@gmail.com

Village Focus International

Village Focus International invests in local leaders to create global change using a three-pronged strategy of protect, educate, empower! In Laos and Cambodia, we operate programs and support local partners that protect and empower women and children, create healthy villages, develop local leadership capacity, and protect land and livelihoods. Our activities include operating shelters for survivors of human trafficking; encouraging rural development through sustainable livelihoods training; and providing vocational skills training for disadvantaged young adults. Books are especially needed to build libraries in our shelters for trafficking survivors, as we often have children as young as 8 residing with us.

Mailing Address to Receive Donations:

House #54BC, St. 440,
Sangkat Toultoumpoung II
Khan Chamcamon
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia

Please contact:
Stacia Sahi, Event Assistant + Program Coordinator
+855 (0) 92 801 264
stacia@villagefocus.org