Barb’s Buddies focuses on children in foster care. By offering them gift cards to a bookstore, these children are able to experience a bookstore (sometimes for the first time) and choose a book that is interesting to them and one they can call their own.
In Illinois and South Carolina, we ask for recommendations for teachers, who have been asked to purchase books for their classroom libraries out-of-pocket. We work with these teachers in the spring/summer of each year to provide books for first year, second year, third year teachers as well as those creating a culturally diverse library, those teaching in high poverty schools, and teachers looking for a classroom set of books.
Good Night, Sleep Tight
“It’s very important to always read a bedtime story…else how would your dreams know where to begin.”
Please note that in 2020, due to COVID, this program is on hold.
When a child’s life is thrown into turmoil, stress and a lack of security can be difficult to process. We believe that books can create great comfort and allow children to escape reality for a short time, which might be exactly what they need. Good Night, Sleep Tight reaches out to domestic violence shelters, foster care programs, and more to provide children and adults a book, a set of pajamas, a mug, and some hot chocolate. We hope this provides them an opportunity to learn self-comforting skills and find joy in reading.
Sometimes when we work with organizations or people to give them books, we don’t always have a program for this so we’re generally calling the initiative, “Finding New Homes.”
We are grateful for all gently used book donations — for adults and children. While some will be used for a Book Sale in the future, many of these donations find a new home in classrooms, in schools, and in homes.
GirlForward is an organization in Chicago supporting teenagers, who are immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Paired with a community member for their Mentoring Program, we are providing sets of books to encourage literacy and discussion on the topics and themes of these novels.