Children’s Book Drive
What is the 2015 Children’s Book Drive?
The annual Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families to help foster a love of reading while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home. The Drive usually takes place from early May to the middle of June. All new and gently used books for youth of all ages (birth-teen), fiction and nonfiction, in all subject areas are welcome.
The collected books are then distributed to youth across the state at summer learning programs as well as afterschool programs in the fall.
By the numbers
- More than 60 business and organizations collected books during the month of May.
- 22,460 books counted for this year’s total!
- 90 volunteers helped sort and pack books at Day of Action
- The number of books collected over 4 years – nearly 87,000.
- Giving a book to a child in the summer – priceless.
Changing lives and strengthening our community, together.
We couldn’t have collected those kinds of books without everyone’s help! Companies, individuals, Amazon donors, and volunteers from Day of Action all made it happen. We sincerely thank you and all that you did for our community.
Thank you for hosting book drives:
AIPSO, Alyson Bilotti, American Mathematical Society, Annette Feliz, Bank of America-East Providence, Bank of America-Lincoln Branch, Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, and Michael, Bay State Financial, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Body Rock RI, Bristol/Warren Schools, Brown/Fox Point, Brown University, Brownie Troop 54-Providence, Bryant University, Burns & Levinson, Cameron & Mittleman, Centreville Savings Bank, Coastal Medical, Coastway Community Bank, CVS Health, Donna Berard, Dr. Daycare, Ellie Wyatt, Enterprise, FM Global, Gencorp Insurance, George J. Peters Elementary School, Gordion Archibald, Gordon School, Hexagon Metrology, Hinckley Allen & Snyder, HIRSCA, IBM, IGT, James Grande, Jennifer Gomez, Joyce Krabach, Keith Kazmier, Lion’s Club-Westerly, Lord Locke Edwards, Lorie Ann D’Antonio, McLaughlin & Moran, MetLife, National Grid, Nixon Peabody, Nordstrom Rack, Office of Children, Youth, and Learning, Our Greatest Resource=Children, Paychex, Inc., People’s Credit Union, Petro, Providence Lady Project, Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein, and Pierce, Robin Monihan, Salve Regina University, Schneider Electric, St. Kevin’s School, Starkweather Shepley, Strategic Point Staff, Susan Murphy, Swipely, Target #1188, Target #2073, Teknor Apex, Telemundo Providence, Toray Plastics, Twin River Casino, UPS, Utilidata, Village Green Apartments, Virginia Thomas, Washington trust, Westbay Community Action, and Young Insurance Agents.