Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday #13- Donate Books!

Make Today Matter...

  • 61% of low-income families have no books in their homes.
  • 43% of adults with the lowest level of literacy proficiency live in poverty.
  • Only 4% of adults with strong literacy skills live in poverty.
  • 55% of children have increased interest in reading when given books at an early age.
  • Children with a greater variety of reading material in the home are more creative, imaginative, and proficient in reading. They are also on a better path toward educational growth and development.
  • There is only 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods, compared to 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods.
Take action today!
  1. Go through your bookshelves and pull out books that you will never read again or have owned for more than 2 years and haven't read yet.
  2. Pack the books in a box.
  3. Call your local library, schools, foster homes, or children's organizations to see if they need books.
  4. Deliver the books.
  5. If you don't have any books at home, purchase some to donate or find an organization that accepts financial donations and will purchase books and deliver them where they are needed.
You matter!

The majority of children in low-income neighborhoods often lack libraries and bookstores. Having access to books is the key to literacy. By donating your books, especially children's books, you can impact some of the 12 million children who don't have books at home.

Are you really going to read them again?

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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