Book'em

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 161 Rains Avenue Nashville TN 37203 USA

Mission: Mission:  Book’em empowers Nashville’s economically disadvantaged children by fostering a love of books and reading. Vision:  Every child in Nashville is given an equal opportunity to experience the joy of owning and reading books.
Results: Since its founding in 1989, Book'em has donated more than one million books to children in middle Tennessee. Teachers tell us that many of their students would not have books of their own if they didn't get books from Book'em.
Target demographics: economically disadvantaged children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000 children and teens
Geographic areas served: Nashville / Davidson County
Programs: 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. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with Book'em has been a great experience for me so far, and I will continue volunteering with the organization. Through its Reading is Fundamental program, as well as collaborations with other national and local organizations, Book'em is able to distribute thousands of books to underprivileged children -- many of whom would otherwise not have books of their own. An enthusiasm for reading is a lifelong gift that Book'em gives to countless children each year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing firsthand how many books are given away to children around Nashville, as well as the positive reactions from both their teachers and other RIF volunteers who have worked with Book'em.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

RIF is a fine organization, and RIF Nashville's chapter is a truly fabulous one in that our approach is to build a relationship between a reading volunteer and a classroom that involves 5 visits during a school year and the chance for kids to not only hear 5 stories (just for fun) but to choose 5 books with which to begin building their personal library. Because the children we serve often do not own ANY books besides the ones we give them, this is very exciting for them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitement about reading that this generates in children who otherwise see reading often simply as a tool or an assignment -- whereas through RIF and Book'Em they come to see reading as FUN!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance to share the fun of reading with kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and cheery

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give away more books!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Book Em organization has provided many opportunities for the students in my school building to receive books for each student's birthday. This organization send reader/volunteers to my school throughout the school year to read to students in grades K-2. After the volunteer finishes reading the students are able to select a book of their choice to take home. Our students have such wonderful libraries at home due to Book Em promoting literacy. Book Em is a great organization and I have enjoyed every moment of the four years of working with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping to promote literacy in my school with all students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful and rewarding experience to volunteer at Book'em! I process incoming book donations and re-send them out to wonderful children who wouldn't otherwise have books of their own to read. The gift we give these children will benefit them for a lifetime!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Feeling the extreme joy every time I'm there knowing I have placed books in children's hands.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nothing short of Fabulous, Wonderful, Kind, Appreciative!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could wipe out reading illiteracy in Tennessee!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love my volunteer work at Book'em. Reading to 2nd graders is very rewarding and they are always so happy to see you and the books that you bring them. I would encourage anyone with a love for children and reading to volunteer. It is only about four hours a month and is very rewarding.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by the thanks we get from the teachers and students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I highly encourage anyone who is looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community to consider Book'em. I do not have children of mine own yet, however I have always loved reading and feel that all children should own books. In the fall of 2009 I was assigned my first reading classroom. I was nervous at first, but the Book'em staff was supportive and provided me with lots of training and contact information so that I never felt alone. I read aloud to the class of 20 children 5 times during the 2009-2010 school year. At each visit I would bring a variety of brand new books from the Book’em library, so that each child could select a book of their very own to take home. The children were so sweet and excited to see me everytime. They enjoyed our story time together even if they already knew every word of the book that I was planning on reading to them. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to reading to another class this year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitement of the children as they tell me about the books that they have read since my last visit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

immidiate satisfaction of knowing that you are doing a good thing for children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, thoughtful, resourceful, dedicated, caring,selfless

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give books to every child in Nashville.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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