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Where Do Your Donations Go? — BookSpring

At Literati, we believe the world is a better place when more children are reading more books. And as part of our mission to build excitement around stories, we work hard to provide books for children everywhere. 

Every pretty blue box we send to our Club Members includes prepaid return postage, which members can use to return any books that don’t strike their fancy. But did you know, you can also fill your box with preloved or outgrown books and send it our way? We partner with local libraries, school districts, and non-profits like Coats for Kids and RedArena. It’s a great program for cleaning out your overstuffed shelves while also sharing a love of stories with new readers.

30,000 books, here we come. 

Last week, we donated 16,000 books to our incredible partners at BookSpring, an Austin-local literacy program. 

While we stay home to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we know that families need stories more than ever. That’s why we’re on a mission to donate 30,000 Literati books during this quarantine. After this latest donation and the 4,000 books we gave out to kids and parents at AISD’s school lunch partnership last month, we’re currently sitting pretty at 19,000 books.

(The Library of Congress currently has 38 million books—so, you know, we’re getting there.)

You donate the books. We put them in good hands. 

BookSpring is a local Austin non-profit that builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education and community outreach. This multi-faceted organization does more than give out books. BookSpring also develops comprehensive programs that tackle every barrier to literacy that the low-income families in our community might encounter.

It takes a team to load up 16,000 books.

BookSpring seeks stories that are curated for quality, “including literary value, topical relevance, reading level, target language in the home, and likelihood to engage and inspire and motivate young readers.” It was a natural fit for Literati. 

Thanks to our Club Members, we have a warehouse of donations ready for new homes!

As an important health and safety precaution, all of Literati’s donations undergo a three month “quarantine” before leaving our warehouse. In these times, we want to always put the health of our readers first! 

With the help of gracious volunteers, we loaded 16,000 stories into two huge trucks for delivery to our neighbors at BookSpring. 

BookSpringEd Manager Shannon Thorne loads books into the delivery truck.

In these uncertain days, it warmed our hearts to connect with the volunteers at BookSpring who were so willing to show up and help get these books to good homes. This was a courageous display of dedication to our shared mission: expanding childhood literacy through the magic of great stories. 

On the road to new readers. ??

Onward and upward!

A huge thank-you to our partners at BookSpring! But an even-larger thank you to all of our Club Members who have donated books and made this mission possible. We are well on our way to donating 30,000 books to families in quarantine—and we could not do it without you

With that — we’d love to hear from you.

If you know of a worthy organization that could benefit from Literati book donations, reach out to our team here

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