In our 31st year of service, we launched our new Storytime field trip program to bring the joy and wonder of book ownership directly to local elementary school students who select their own books for keeps from our Book Bank shelves.
We joined the National Book Access Association and the Diverse Books for All Coalition, two national organizations to help deepen and expand our resources and strengthen our mission.
We received and gave away more than 144,600 children’s books to educators and other professionals serving hundreds of thousands of under-resourced children throughout 35 California counties and beyond.
Our volunteers dedicated over 962 hours to help process children’s books donated by businesses, publishers, authors, individuals (many from our curated wishlists at bookshop.org and amazon.com), and our mainstay — book drives.
Generous grants and donations from our supporters keep our shelves stocked, our lights on, and our doors open so we can get even more books into the hands of children thrilled to read and cherish them.
Every child should have the freedom to read, but not every child has enough — or any — books of their own. It’s why we work so hard all year round to close the equity gap.
Thank you for helping to make 2023 our most impactful year yet!