We have done this community project twice so far, but for different organizations. The first time we did it, we accepted new and gently used book to donate to Families Helping Families (http://familieshelpingfamiliesofiowa.com/). They accept children’s items for foster and adopted children. They were getting ready to host a Christmas party for the families they support and were looking for book donations.
The second time we did a book drive, a couple years later. This time we collected used books only. We collected the books to donate to our local libraries “Friends of the Library -Book Nook” program (http://www.crlibrary.org/about-us/friends-of-the-library/).
The library accepts donated books, sells them to the public in the book nook area for $1.00 a book. The proceeds then go to support the following:
-Cedar Rapids Public Library funding for equipment and programs,
-Babies and Books hospital packets for parents of newborns,
-Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) distribution of paperback books to preschoolers,
-Clifford the Big Red Dog appearances at library story hours, preschools and elementary schools,
-America Reads support at area elementary schools,
-Literacy Initiative help to service agencies such as Madge Phillips Center and the Free Medical Clinic
-Books-by-Mail service for the homebound, and
-RIF (Reading is Fundamental)
Our child care is huge advocates of the library and frequent it often, especially for all the children’s programs it offers. So this project was very near and dear to our heart.
Skills we worked on during these projects:
-Reading (we read every book before we donated it)
-Counting (we counted the books)
-Categorizing (we sorted the books by categories)
-Learned about different reading genres