Bring Me a Book Foundation

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1045 Terra Bella Ave Mountain View CA 94043 USA

Mission: Bring Me A Book provides easy access to the highest quality children’s books and inspires reading aloud to children.
Results: To date, Bring Me A Book has delivered over 1,400 of our trademark Bookcase Libraries to sites in 14 states and 7 countries throughout the world impacting over 450,00 children and parents. We have conducted over 400 First Teacher trainings to reach over 6,000 parents, teachers and caregivers.
Target demographics: Bring Me A Book serves under resourced communities throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton and Southern California. We focus on providing the highest quality, hardcover children's literary classics to children 0-7 years old in state funded preschools, headstarts, elementary schools, hospitals and clinics and community centers. Our First Teachers program teaches parents and caregivers the importance of reading aloud to children on a daily basis for future success in school and life.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, Stockton, Sacramento, Greater Los Angeles area
Programs: BMABF responds to this critical regional and nationwide need for creating a read aloud culture by offering programs and services that reach thousands of children and families of all backgrounds while generating wide distribution of quality children's books -- especially to those who need them most. Book Bag Library Program--Provides working parents with convenient access to quality books for their children-right in the workplace! The Book Bag Library is a lending library that holds over 200 quality children's books and tapes/cds in pre-assigned canvas bags, displayed in a bookcase and categorized by age and reading level. Employers or donors can purchase/donate the low cost, low maintenance Book Bag Library as a benefit for employees, their families and the community. Currently, Book Bag Libraries are located at organizations such as Sanmina-SCI, Palo Alto Commons, Family Service Agency of San Mateo, OICW, and Canal Community Alliance. Bookcase Library Program--Matches donors with non-profit organizations to place bookcases filled with quality, age appropriate and culturally diverse books into community organizations such as pre-schools, child care centers, classrooms, health centers, shelters, waiting rooms and community centers. The Bookcase Library holds 30-50 exemplary children's books for ages 0-11. The quality book selection is customized according to the age and cultural background of the children using the library. Each Bookcase Library comes with bookplates in each book and a plaque on the front of each bookcase with recognition to the donor(s). Some recipients of the Bookcase Libraries include organizations such as: Green Oaks Academy, East Palo Alto, CA; El Camino Hospital's Emergency Department, Mountain View, CA; Community Infant Toddler Center, San Mateo, CA; Mission College, Child Development Center, Santa Clara, CA; Womenspace, Eugene, OR. First Teachers Program--BMABF is currently developing First Teachers, a proposed regional, and ultimately national, literacy training program, that seeks to engage and educate parents, caregivers and pre-school teachers. This program intends to reach the first teachers of children (ages 0-5) convincing them of the importance of reading aloud with young children--supporting emergent literacy skills, school readiness, and family bonding experiences. This program's focus is to supplement the Bookcase Libraries and Book Bag Libraries sites with valuable skills for reading aloud; thus, creating sustainable programs for the workplace and the community. Master Book Lists--Outstanding Book List's assembled by Kay Goines, a nationally recognized expert on children's literature, are available to assist parents, teachers, school districts and other non-profit organizations with their selection of quality childrens books. BMABF also supports many non-profit organizations in purchasing books and corresponding tapes at significant cost savings. In addition, BMABF makes substantial book/tape donations to other non-profit organizations and teachers. Teacher Educational Videos--BMABF developed and produced teacher educational videos and accompanying guides for use in the classroom. These videos are donated free of charge at conferences and are distributed to teaching credential programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

my first time with this organization and I am so impressed with all aspects of organization and will be back. Thanks

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

Give every child a book to love and cherish

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2008-1-01

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27 people found this review helpful

Excellent experience, lots of fun, and it's a great opportunity to meet great people. The work is easy to do, and they give you a good idea of exactly how your work helps kids around the world.

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Getting a good description of exactly how your work is being put to good use. It makes the work that much more meaningful.

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

All very friendly

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

Really help literacy programs around the world and get parents more involved in their childrens' learning experience.

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2008-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

This is my first time volunteering for Bring Me A Book. They are very organized and have the tasks down. The only thing they need is a fan in the warehouse for these warm days.

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very friendly and sincere.

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they had a fan to cool te warehouse.

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2008-7-01

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27 people found this review helpful

What a great organization! I loved all the books we got ready for kids, families, and schools. The company at the book assembly tables was friendly. The foundation is informative and nice.

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the warehouse and in photos here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep doing a good job!

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

how well ready they were for us.

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

friendly.

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

give books to the world.

Ways to make it better...

there was a photo of the founder and a short bio.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

I love books for kids.

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2008-1-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Bring Me a Book is a wonderful organization. It is very fulfilling to know that our volunteer work benefits the local community. They treat their volunteers very well. The work environment is very nice. They always serve us dinner too!

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

the local community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of anything

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

feeling like I am making a difference in the local community

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

young, concerned about their community, friendly

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

send more books to more kids

Ways to make it better...

can't think of anything

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more books for the volunteers to cover

One thing I'd also say is that...

the quality of the book covering is very high; they care about the level of work they do

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2008-8-01

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18 people found this review helpful

Bring me a book is a great way to volunteer your time in a low-key, relaxed environment. There is time to chat with other volunteers and your time is used very effectively - knowing that you're getting a lot done for kids is a great feeling. And of course, you can't beat a free dinner! I would really recommend this event to anyone, especially those that may have limited mobility - it was great for me at seven months pregnant.

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

knowing that what I am doing helps not only children but families to come together over something so important - education.

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

sooo nice!

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

help families and kids all over the world!

Ways to make it better...

we sat on chairs with backs - not stools for two hours.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

facility is very clean.

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2008-3-01

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23 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered with this group on many occasions in the past and always had a wonderful time. The organizers really keep things moving well and the time just flies by. It's also such a great cause and they will answer any of your questions about their organization so that you know exactly why you're there. I recommend volunteering with this group if you are looking to participate with a good non profit and looking to have a fun time!

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

The social aspect of the evening

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

Amazing! Super friendly and helpful

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The volunteer area was air conditioned

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2008-7-01

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26 people found this review helpful

Bring Me a Book does an excellent job of bringing new books to schools and organizations that would otherwise do without. From my first visit I was impressed with the the organization. The variety of books and methods they use to get children enthused about books and learning is second to none.

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

knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the service they provide to children who would otherwise be without new learning materials.

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

Continue spreading the joy of learning throughout the world.

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The scissors didn't get filled with glue from the tape. :)

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2008-7-01

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24 people found this review helpful

Bring Me a Book is a great organization that helps bring stories to children around the world. As a One Brick volunteer, I consider BMAB one of my favorite places to volunteer because the event allows volunteers to interact with each other while also protecting book covers with a layer of strong plastic.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

Very sociable and helpful at the event.

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

continue bringing joy to kids around the world.

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they turned on the A/C or brought in some fans.

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2008-2-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

good time to cover books and talk to people. enjoy being able to help out. I like being able to work on different things with this organization.

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

the community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger

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

meeting new people

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

kind and friendly

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

help a lot of people

Ways to make it better...

I can help out more often

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough people

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is cool to be here

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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