HOW IT WORKS
Bags of Books aims to improve literacy with a bottom to top approach - combating immediate gaps in access to age-appropriate books at home, while creating and supplementing community and school libraries to assist students to learn and grow. Our project collects books to create “Pop-Up” stores where students of all ages can shop for a bag full of free books
that will become the cornerstone of their new home libraries.
A BOOK'S JOURNEY
Bags of Books collects new and gently-used books ranging from pre-school to high school level. Collections occur at various regional locations throughout the year.
With its many volunteers from community organizations, Bags of Books sorts the donated books by age and reading level.
Sorted books either are transported to local and school libraries or are distributed through school-hosted book distributions in the form of “pop-up” stores. Each child is invited to fill a bag full of free books of his or her choice to take home and keep!
BUILDING COMMUNITY LIBRARIES
We use book donations to supplement existing community libraries as well as create new ones.
Paired with our pop-up stores, this program provides students with a variety of sources from
which to access a diverse and extensive supply of books. In a library setting, each donated book
can pass through the hands of multiple children.
"POP-UP" STORE DISTRIBUTIONS
We set up small-scale bookstores in local schools for students to “shop” for a bag full of free books. The children personally select the reading material they find most interesting and bring the books home to create their own home libraries. Bags of Books also obtains book bags or shopping bags from local stores for children to use when they "shop."