Our 5th Annual Book Drive will be in full swing beginning Monday, March 19th, to continue our mission of reducing the number of book deserts in the Philadelphia community. We have chosen to combine our book drive with the celebration of Children’s Book Week in the belief that “a great nation is a reading nation".
We aim to provide new and gently-used children’s books to two local youth-based organizations; Turning Points for Children; the largest social service agency for children in Philadelphia whose focus is reducing child abuse and improving the lives of children and youth across the city, and WePAC; their key initiative is to renovate and reopen school library space.
For many adults, as children, reading was one of their favorite things to do. They looked forward to exploring new authors and using their imaginations to experience new worlds. In the midst of indulging in this favorite past-time, they were developing their vocabulary and strengthening their command of the language. Unfortunately, today this is not the case for many children in our local communities. Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. According to the most recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) data, 41% of fourth graders in the city are reading at or below basic levels. A contributing factor is that many schools and community libraries throughout Philadelphia have closed due to budget constraints and low readership, which has impacted youth access to quality reading material.
Over the years, we have collected over 3,000 books and have donated our collections to Mastery Charter School- Cleveland Elementary, Methodist Services Children’s Home, The People’s Emergency Center and Youth Services, Inc. The main goal of our annual book drive is to reduce the number of book deserts within the Philadelphia community. By contributing to the development of youth in our city it is our hope to place books in the hands of as many youth, as possible. That the books received will increase their exposure to literature and fuel a continued desire to read.
Knowing how fundamental literature is to a developing mind we hope you'll support this mission by doing at least one of the following:
- Donate new or gently used books until May 4th, 2018.
- Make a monetary donation for our Celebration of Reading event:
- CashApp Fundraising - $EducatorsOnCall
- Save & share the flyer to the right with your social and professional networks. Use hashtag #EOCBookDrive.
- Tell your friends and family about the book drive.
Criteria for book donations:
- Should appeal to children in lower elementary to middle school
- New or like-new without coloring or damaged pages and can be hardcover
- Award winners, main characters of color, leveled readers, popular series books, and juvenile nonfiction are of particular interest.
If you have any questions about how you can get involved in giving the gift of reading to youth in Philadelphia send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 888-248-4801 ext. 100.
As we know and believe that knowledge is our greatest resource, we also know that one book can change a life!
DROP OFF LOCATIONS EOC Office - Archways Building 413 Johnson St. Ste 214, Jenkintown PA 19046 Monday-Wednesday 10AM-5PM Dino's Backstage and The Celebrity Room 287 N Keswick Ave Glenside PA, 19038 Wednesday-Friday 12PM-5PM
“a great nation is a reading nation,” ~ Frederic G. Melcher