Target demographics: economically disadvantaged children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000 children and teens
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Sponsor a book drive.
Geographic areas served: Nashville / Davidson County
The Library Without Walls provides books for children and teens who do not have any or many books of their own in their homes. We partner with agencies serving children in need and provide books to special events, classrooms, and anywhere the gift of a book can impact a child. In 2009, Book’em furnished more than 28,000 books through nearly 100 programs and organizations.
Books are collected through in-kind donations from businesses, congregations and individuals. Some groups conduct book drives on our behalf, while others ask guests to bring books for children and/or teens to their birthday parties or other celebrations. Some people clean off their shelves of very gently used books that they no longer need. Book'em greatly appreciates all those who donate books, so that children and teens can discover how wonderful books are.
When books arrive at our office, they are counted and sorted by age group. Thank you emails are sent to the donors, inventory figures are entered into our database and books are shelved awaiting distribution. Volunteers and staff help with these duties. Then, these volunteers and staff also help with preparing books to be distributed based on requests received from agencies, nonprofits, preschools and schools to give to the economically disadvantaged youth that they serve.