Bonnie’s Book Foundation supports children’s literacy by providing books directly to children who may not own books at home. We also support schools and other programs that serve at-risk children with grants for books and learning materials.
VERMONT: MLK DAY OF SERVICE
CHILDREN’S BOOK DRIVE!
CAN YOU DONATE BOOKS AND HELP CHANGE CHILDREN’S LIVES?
WHAT: New or gently used children’s books. All ages, from board books to young adult.
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 2014- Martin Luther King, Jr Day. 9:30a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
HOW: Bring your gently used books to the Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main Street, Middlebury, or stop in and buy a new book to donate
WHY: Sadly, U.S. Department of Education research shows that over 60% of children living in poverty own no books at home. Bonnie’s Book Foundation (a local 501(c)(3) non-profit) is partnering with the Vermont Book Shop to provide books to kids who may not have books at home.
Please consider taking a few minutes to sort through your bookshelves.
Books you donate will go directly into the hands of local kids who need and want them.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Amy Graham at 349-7447
Donors can browse our wish list at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books and Music (and have books shipped straight to the store for free!), or our Amazon wish list and send books to us directly through Amazon.
BBF needs volunteers to organize book drives and assist with organizing inventory and delivering books. To inquire about opportunities, please contact us via email.
Explore our website to learn about Bonnie’s Book Foundation, find out how we’re helping put books into the hands of children in need, and how you can help.
- Summer reading distributions galore in NC and VT! Books are going out to students at Bugg Elementary, Yates Mill Elementary, and Davis Drive Elementary in Wake County, to name a few, and in Addison County to Mary Hogan ES, Weybridge ES, Salisbury Community School, and Cornwall ES, with more to come!
- This spring we have been excited to partner with several other organizations in Wake County, NC with similar missions, including Note in the Pocket, Read and Feed, Literacy Council of Wake County, and Books Are Magic, to help get books to the children they serve. Let’s hear it for nonprofit mutual aid!
In February 2013, BBF donated a large collection of non-fiction titles to the libraries and classrooms of several rural Vermont schools, including Shoreham Elementary School, Orwell Village School, Ripton School, Mary Hogan School, and Cornwall School. A big thank you to the librarians at these schools for partnering with BBF!
- In December 2012, BBF hosted a “free book fair” at Leicester Central School in Leicester, VT. At this small, rural school, where 60% of the students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, each child was able to choose three books to add to their home libraries. BBF donated more than 60 books to the school library and classrooms as well.
- BBF donated more than 300 books to HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects), a social service agency in Middlebury, VT. The books were distributed through their Christmas Shop and Giving Tree programs which provide books and toys for low-income families during the holiday season.
- Over 150 books were distributed as holiday gifts to children living in foster families via the Foster and Adoptive Parents of Addison County. The children were excited to be able to pick out their own books at the organization’s annual holiday party.
For more information about our current and past initiatives, visit our News & Events page.
Books Change Lives
Children need access to books to learn and succeed academically and in life. It’s as simple as that. Many of us live our lives surrounded by books. And the children in our lives are read to and learn to love books as part of the natural rhythm of growing up.
Sadly, U.S. Department of Education Research shows that over 60% of children living in poverty own no books at home. None. Zero.
Lack of access to books puts these young children at a serious disadvantage as they enter elementary school, and most never catch up.
Conversely, book ownership at home and easy access to books in classrooms, libraries, and after school programs are simple, highly effective interventions that can change the course of children’s lives.
Together, we can help create generations of inspired, excited readers.