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Review for Book Worm Angels, Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Book Worm Angels is a brilliantly simple idea -- if kids don't have books at home to read, let them borrow them from in-classroom lending libraries full of recreational reading books kids love to read. And that's what Book Worm Angels does -- provide in-classroom lending libraries of 10 books per student. I've been working with Book Worm Angels for 9 years now, visiting schools, visiting book donors, raising money, and every year it becomes clearer how important it is to get books in the hands of kids. Perhaps the greatest reinforcement I ever had was when I was waiting in a school office to make a presentation to the teachers, and a 6 or 7 year old boy was sitting next to me -- reading a book. The Principal walked in and asked the little boy, "Do you know who this is?" pointing to me. "He's the man who brings all the books to us for you to take home." The young man leaped up, dropped the book, and hugged me. There is no greater compensation than that. Book Worm Angels now has books in over 4500 classrooms throughout the city, so over 100,000 kids have books to take home to read with their parents.

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How did you learn about this organization?

It was started by a friend of mine.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising money to get more books into the hands of more kids.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Same as short-term. It's the one thing we do, and we do it well.

Role:  Board Member & Described above. I'm the executive director.