Library Book Boxes Program
October 20, 2020
In today’s era of distance learning, many schools and districts have been unable to provide access to pleasure reading books to their students, as school and classroom libraries have been temporarily closed for the 2020-2021 school year. To support these unique challenges during these unprecedented times, the team at Access Books Bay Area is partnering […]
Fremont siblings collect books for Access Books Bay Area
September 4, 2020
Third-grader Ayaan and first-grader Ariya did not allow COVID-19 to put a damper on their summer break! This dynamic sibling duo from Fremont, along with their mother Rashal, ran a very successful book drive for Access Books Bay Area...
Linden Tree books fundraiser
July 1, 2020
Thank you to Linden Tree Children's Books for sponsoring Access Books Bay Area, and to their generous customers who donated $4,050 in gift cards to Access Books Bay Area
Palo Alto Online article on Access Books Bay Area COVID-19 response in Palo Alto
June 2, 2020
Access Books Bay Area was featured in the Palo Alto Online. The article covered our book distribution efforts in the Palo Alto School District, and how interested individuals can get involved and help out.
New partnership with Environmental Volunteers org to serve students impacted by COVID-19
May 12, 2020
Access Books Bay Area is pleased to be partnering with the wonderful science education nonprofit organization Environmental Volunteers for our COVID-19 pandemic response program! Environmental Volunteers is supporting our book distribution work through use of their facility in the Baylands area of East Palo Alto to sort and bundle books, as well as providing amazing […]
Los Robles after photos, Coronavirus, and other updates
March 9, 2020
As you can imagine, the COVID-19 outbreak in the San Francisco bay area has had an impact on the work of Access Books Bay Area as well. Our recently planned volunteer information night had to be canceled, as it was a non-essential community event. We were very much looking forward to it as a way […]
CANCELED – Upcoming Volunteer Information Evening
February 25, 2020
UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and will be rescheduled. New date TBD. On March 10th, from 5:30-6:15pm we will hold the first of what we hope to be a regularly occurring event, a chance for anyone interested in learning more about the work of Access Books Bay Area, the […]
Graphic novelists James Parks and Ben Costa to visit Hubbard Elementary
January 10, 2020
Give a signed and personalized copy of a book to one of the deserving students at Hubbard Elementary! In early February Ben Costa and James Parks, two graphic novelists and co-authors of the graphic novel series Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo will visit the students at Hubbard Elementary School, where Access Books Bay Area completed a project in 2019. This opportunity to […]
Access Books Bay Area featured in Gentry Magazine
May 3, 2019
Access Books Bay Area Executive Director Amanda Collins and board members Alison Guan and Linda Forrester sat down recently with Gentry writer Emily Heitmann to talk about the work we are doing to improve school libraries in the Bay Area. You can find the article on page 184 of the May 2019 issue here.
Access Books Bay Area Fall 2018 Newsletter
October 1, 2018
Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year Welcome to a new school year and a new year of Access Books Bay Area projects! Last school year we completed two library refurbishment projects: Willow Oaks Elementary School in the Ravenswood School District (highlighted in the Fall 2017 Newsletter) and Dorsa Elementary School in the Alum Rock School District in San […]
School Libraries in the Bay Area need your support!
June 28, 2018
School libraries in California receive no dedicated funding, and many low-income schools have not funded their libraries in decades. School libraries like the one we served at Dorsa Elementary school in the Alum Rock School District cannot afford to update their old and outdated collections, replace old furnishings that discourage students from staying and reading, […]
Access Books Bay Area Fall 2017 Newsletter
March 27, 2018
Another Successful Library Transformation! Access Books Bay Area is excited to announce that we completed our third Library Renovation Project on September 30, 2017 at Willow Oaks Elementary School in the Ravenswood City School District. This is a district where 88% of families are low income, 81% of the students are reading below grade level […]
How a better library can change a child’s life
October 20, 2017
Los Angeles (CNN) -- In 1999, Rebecca Constantino began doing a study at schools across Los Angeles. One day, she saw something that stopped her in her tracks. She had just completed a Ph.D. in language, literacy and learning, and she was analyzing children's access to books in affluent and low-income communities.
Access Books revives libraries in book deserts
October 18, 2017
The best way to learn to read is by reading, research has shown. And a student leaving kindergarten with a good grasp of reading and writing sentences is commonly considered a key indicator for college and career readiness down the road.