To grow a permanent school library collection, Access Books must purchase new, hardcover books with its own funds along with the supplies required to process those books for library circulation.
Furthermore, we believe it is critical to provide a warm, welcoming and comfortable place to read. That is why we also refurbish the school library, which includes painting, a comfortable sofa, a rocking chair and pillows for reading time. In some cases, new carpet is laid. We rely on the generosity of individual donors, sponsors and grant-makers to provide under-served children with the kind of libraries enjoyed by their more affluent peers. Please consider donating money to support literacy in disadvantaged communities.
Remember: among school and community predictors of academic achievement, the size of the school library collection and staff is second only to the absence of poverty. The more books children have access to in their school libraries, the more they will read.
Ninety percent of our budget is dedicated to BOOKS. We have no full-time employees and rely on volunteers.
Lend us your planning skills, marketing savvy, artistic abilities or any available free time. If you have a skill to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you’d like to help.
If you would like to spend an upcoming Saturday refurbishing a school library, please check our calendar and sign up for an event. If you have a group that would like to sponsor a school in need, learn more about partnership opportunities here.
Access Books supplies school libraries with brand new hardcover books, but we prefer to build classroom library sets with donated books. That's where you come in!
Consider sponsoring an underserved school by running a book drive on its behalf. Examples of past sponsors include schools from affluent communities, corporations, individuals, Scout troops, and high school students working on community service projects.
How Does it Work?
We work with the sponsor group (you!) and the school in need to choose a service date. In the weeks or months leading up to the event, your group collects gently used, high-interest books appropriate for grades K-5. We ask that you set a goal of at least 2,000 books (the more, the better!). On the designated day, usually a Saturday, your group delivers its books to the school in need. Volunteers from your group and the recipient school will work side by side to build classroom library sets from the donated books, process the brand new books provided by Access Books for library circulation, and paint literacy-themed murals. Volunteers from your group get the chance to see where the books go and report back to their home school, organization, etc. It’s also a great way for employees from donating companies to participate in a team-building exercise or volunteer opportunity.
This year, do something great with your birthday. Rally your friends to give back by making a difference in the lives of low-income students around the bay area, and start your next year of life with some karma in your back pocket.