Step 1: Gathering Books
We give away about 11,000 books each year, nearly all of which are donated by Half Price Books and HEB Read 3. Our stock of used books is supplemented through book drives held at Chick-fil-A Southpark Meadows and Amy’s Ice Creams throughout Austin. If you have new or gently used children’s books you’d like to to donate, please drop us a line. Some books are very difficult to obtain through reclamation, so we use donated funds to purchase dual-language (Spanish – English) and early readers’ science books.
We also have had books donated by the authors including these from Mary D. Wade.
Step 2: Sorting Books
A critical part of our mission is to give kids books that age appropriate and within the skill range. Sorting our inventory allows us to meet that need and produce the greatest possible benefit to our young readers. Spanish or dual-language books are sorted separately to focus them to the students that will need them. Non-Fiction books are set aside and sorted for the Summer Book Bags distribution to provide a learning boost during the critical summer school break.
Step 3: Cleaning Used Books
Our cleaning team checks each book, eliminating any that have missing pages or in poor condition. Next, any price tags are removed, covers cleaned, minor repairs if needed and any markings are covered. A sticker is applied to the inside front cover with a place for the student to write their name. The outcome is a book that a student can proudly own.
Fall & Spring Distributions
In the week before the Thanksgiving and Spring Break each year, we distribute boxes of books to each classroom. These books are primarily fiction to encourage kids to have fun reading at home. We make sure to supply more than enough books to each teacher so every child has at least 2 books they will own.