In September 2020, the founders, Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly, both writers for children, decided to find a way to provide books to children who, due to the pandemic and remote school may not otherwise have access to books.
February 2021: Books donated to two more sites
1. Chelsea, MA High School National Honor Society built Little Free Libraries so the children in local neighborhoods could have access to books. But because of the pandemic, when kids' books were needed most, the NHS students weren't able to fundraise and re-fill them. Happily, we connected with the high school kids and were able to donate 100 books, many of which were in Spanish or by and about Hispanic/LatinX people, and the high school kids filled up three of their libraries!
2. South Side of Chicago, IL (mostly we are in MA but we have an awesome connection to Chicago!) We installed a Little Book Locker in an apartment building where a lot of families with kids live. The apartment manager decided to put the locker their community room, and sent a message to all the families in the building with kids--come check it out! Most of the books that were in this shipment were by and about African American people and other people of color. Chicago schools have been fully remote during the pandemic, and most libraries in the city have been closed.
Access to books can change lives.
All children deserve their own books,
and books they can share with friends.
Let's level that playing field! Or ... level that library shelf?
To provide access to books to children who don't have books. To make sure that every child has books that are mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors* in their own community and living space.
*Thank you to Rudine Simms Bishop for this metaphor
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