Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success. Yet two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children’s book.
So we began installing Little Free Libraries…
Since 2013 children throughout Cleveland neighborhoods have enjoyed taking books from 60 Little Free Libraries we installed and support. The books fly out! But our children needed an endless supply of books.
Then we struck gold!
In November 2015, we developed a unique partnership with online bookseller Discover Books to bring hundreds of thousands of free children’s books to Cleveland – books that would have been sent to recycling…
On February 1, 2016 we opened the Kids’ Book Bank in Midtown.
In our first 12 months, we’ve distributed 450,012 amazing children's books through more than 350 partner organizations – and of course, our Little Free Libraries.
And this is just the beginning...
Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers
who have helped sort books for our distribution partners!
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax-deductible.
Website design by Sabrina Spangler © 2016
Judy Payne, Co-Founder/Executive Director Judi Kovach, Co-Founder/Chair