My home is filled with books. We have two Little Lending Libraries in our neighborhood, and an active book trade between friends. When my kids need books for school, we click to download without hesitation. But what about the kids who don’t have access to books–or eReaders? Studies show that in some communities, there’s just one book per household. For these kids, summer can completely cut off access to literature. But one organization has found a solution.
It’s simple: Using virtual book drives and direct asks, BookMentors connects donors directly with teachers, librarians and students who need books. I discovered the site through the author Paige Wolf, whose Spit That Out: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt, is well-thumbed on my shelf.
Founded by four teachers and a literacy coach, the organization cuts to the chase to solve the problem: Visit BookMentors, peruse posted requests, click the link to buy, change a child’s life.
It’s that easy.