We Can’t Do It Without You
Volunteers fuel our operation. From sorting and packing books in our warehouse, to stocking Little Free Libraries, to running a book drive to benefit the Kids’ Book Bank, there are meaningful opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages to make an impact. Read what we are doing to maintain social distancing and safety in our warehouse as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scroll down to see the ways you can get involved!
Sort & Pack Books
Prepare Books for Distribution
We welcome individuals (ages 13+) and groups of up to 10 people to sort and box books during our pre-scheduled shifts. Browse, batch, and box books for distribution to organizations serving children and families in need.
Volunteers have their own dedicated work stations (6 feet from other work stations) outfitted with cleaned and sanitized tools including tape gun, scissors, etc. Volunteers will work from their own gaylord (huge box of unsorted books) during the shift.
You’ll enjoy reminiscing with other volunteers about your favorite childhood books as you dig through hundreds of books and prepare them for young readers to discover. Sign-up here.
Questions? Visit our FAQ section.
Coming with a group? Please use the group request form below.
Watch our volunteer reintroduction presentation to learn about our new book sorting processes.
Give Your Gently-Used Books a Second Life
We welcome your donation of new or gently-used children’s books! Whether you have a few books or a few boxes, we’ll get them to local kids who need them. We ask that you only donate children’s books in good condition with the latest copyright no earlier than 2000.
Books can be dropped off at our MidTown Cleveland warehouse Tuesday – Friday between 9am and 3pm. Please call us at 216-417-1803 when you arrive for a non-contact drop-off. Or, you can deposit books in one of our outdoor collection bins.
Outdoor Collection Bin Locations
Avon Lake – Giant Eagle
31990 Walker Rd., Learwood Square Shopping Center
Bay Village – Westerly Elementary
30301 Wolf Rd. (near school entrance)
Beachwood – Beachwood High School
25100 Fairmount Blvd. (across parking lot from pool building; NE corner next to recycling bin)
Brecksville – Hilton Elementary
6812 Mill Rd. (at the end of the parking lot near the recycling bins)
Chagrin Falls – Gurney Elementary (BIN TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Cleveland – Kids’ Book Bank
3635 Perkins Ave. (next to Loading Dock B)
Fairview Park – Gilles-Sweet Elementary
4320 W 220th St. (near front entrance)
Hudson – Ellsworth Hill Elementary
7750 Stow Rd. (along drop-off curb at front of building)
Lakewood – Lakewood High School
14100 Franklin Blvd. (outside door 35)
Olmsted Falls — KidsFirst Learning Center
26184 Bagley Rd.
Orange – Pepper Pike Learning Center
32000 Chagrin Blvd. (near tennis courts)
Rocky River – Don Umerley Civic Center
21016 Hilliard Blvd. (to right of entrance to Memorial Hall)
Solon – Solon Middle School
6835 S.O.M. Center Rd. (end of main drive near recycling bins/playground)
Solon – Dorothy Lewis Elementary School
32345 Cannon Rd. (west side of parking lot near recycling bins)
Strongsville – Strongsville Middle School
13200 Pearl Rd. (front of school near bike racks)
Westlake – Westlake Elementary School
27555 Center Ridge Rd. (outside faculty entrance on west side of building)
Our Young Professionals group is running 5 community book drives in June in honor of our
Learn more here.
Stock Little Free Libraries
Filling Little Free Libraries is a Great Family Activity
- Use your own books or pick up some from our warehouse, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
- Select 5-10 Little Free Libraries to fill.
- Plan your route using our Little Free Library map.
- Return extra books and/or damaged books removed from Little Free Libraries to us.
Run a Book Drive
Book Collection Is a Breeze
We distribute up to 40,000 books per month, and our need for good-quality children’s books is endless.
Our Book Drive Tool Kit makes it easy to run a book drive to collect children’s books at your workplace, school, church, organization, or even in your neighborhood!
We especially need books for early childhood through 3rd grade and books showing diversity.
Volunteer From Home
We’re excited to offer some new volunteer opportunities that can be done from home—ideal for groups or organizations!
FAQs About Volunteering
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
Yes. Volunteers must be 13 or older. Volunteers ages 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
For questions, or for suggestions on how younger children can get involved, please contact Colleen Watt. (Hint! Stocking Little Free Libraries or running a book drive is a great family activity!)
How long is a volunteer shift?
Book sorting and packing shifts last two hours.
When can I volunteer?
We have scheduled shifts Tuesday through Saturday—every day that we are open! There is at least one shift per day, with two shifts certain days. For a comprehensive schedule of upcoming shift dates and times, or to sign-up, please visit our volunteer sign-up form. (Please note: Shifts may be limited due to the pandemic.)
How do I sign up for shift?
To sign yourself up (or a group of six or fewer people), please visit our volunteer sign-up form. Each shift is capped at 10 participants to ensure social distancing, so if you don’t see an available slot right away, keep scrolling! Shifts are normally posted several months in advance.
For groups of more than eight, please submit a group request form.
Can I volunteer with a group?
Yes, though during the pandemic, group opportunities are limited. To request a volunteer shift for your group, please submit a group volunteer request form, and one of our staff members will get back to you.
Where are you located?
The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is located in MidTown, one street north of Chester Ave., between E. 36th and E. 40th Streets at 3635 Perkins Ave. You can find detailed directions here.
Where should I park?
There is ample free parking in the lot adjacent to our building. Drive to the back of the lot. You’ll enter through the door to the left of Loading Dock B. See our detailed directions for a helpful photo.
What will I be doing during my volunteer shift?
Having lots of fun and meeting wonderful people! You can also expect to handle hundreds of books as you check them for condition, sort them by reading level, and box them for distribution to our partner organizations.
A brief training is provided at the start of every shift.
Sorting and packing books requires standing for extended periods of time. Some tasks may be completed while seated.
Volunteers will have their own dedicated work stations, 6 feet from others.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Sorting books can be dusty work, so please keep that in mind. You’ll be working in a warehouse environment, and it can get warm in the summer and cool in the winter, so please plan accordingly.
Is there anything I should bring with me?
KIDS’ BOOKS! We are always in need of book donations. Ask your friends/coworkers/neighbors if they have any gently-used children’s books they’d like to donate, and bring them with you when you come.
We have water available, but many volunteers bring their own water bottles.