1. Find a place to store the books you will collect. Our founder started by using a room in her house.
2. Obtain new and gently-used children's books through book drives (see Organize a Book Drive) and requests for donations from publishers, bookstores and book representatives.
We also have book collection containers at retail shops throughout the Bay Area. Coffee shops and juice bars, places where people go frequently, have proven to be very successful sites.
3. Collect, sort and distribute the books. We have regular hours during the week when teachers and community workers can come and select the books they need. You may also want to deliver books to schools and other organizations.
4. Publicize your program with a flyer or brochure and through the media. Begin applying for funding from foundations, corporations and individuals who are concerned with children and literacy.