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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Our mission is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read.

Target demographics: Children living in poverty in the Bay Area in grades K-8.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, current projects in the South Bay and Peninsula areas.

Programs: School library refurbishment projects, direct book giveaways and Little Library Book Boxes filled with high interest books.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Access Books has been a tremendous resource for our students and school community! In addition to helping with getting our library repainted and weeded for new engaging books, they helped set up a little book box in front of our school to promote literacy with a grab-and-go library for all readers! They have a great team to support students and schools. Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I started working at our school library 7 years ago, I wanted a little library share box. I asked several people over the years if they had an idea, or a connection to get one, how to , you name it , I asked . Then one day I receive this email form Access Books Bay Area asking if I would like a Little Library to share books with the community. I was the first to reply ..YES!!! Within weeks this wonderful family that volunteers, installed our Little Library. It was perfect! On top of this beautiful library, Access Books Bay Are filled it with the most wonderful books , perfect for our age group. Plus, extra books to refill as needed. This is the most generous , necessary donation for students. There are books always there for them , anytime they need one. Thank you so much for allowing access to books 24 hours!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a parent and Access Books Bay Area volunteer, I love seeing children have a love for reading and all joys that come with it. Access Books does so much direct, heartfelt work to help that connection of reading and kids come alive in so many Bay Area schools. With their library improvement projects, Access Books gives so many Bay Area students the never ending benefits of imagination and self confidence! Always happy to give Access Books my time and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Access Books Bay Area (AABA) has been amazing!
Amanda, their executive director, has been consistently responsive and supportive!

When school buildings closed, I reached out to AABA on behalf of the African-American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) in San Francisco to help supply a book giveaway. AABA was not only a major contributor to the AAPAC book giveaway, they supported the effort to provide books by Black authors and illustrators to reflect and mirror the community members who will be reading them.

Further, AABA will be supporting the AAPAC's effort to place Little Free Libraries (and their Read in Color project) in city locations where boxes they are less prevalent.

We are fortunate to have Access Books Bay Area!
I have so much appreciation for their work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Access Books Bay Area is a worthwhile cause that I have volunteered for and enjoyed helping. They do good work to promote literacy. School libraries (and librarians) are desperately needed in low income areas. ABBA understands the importance of relevant, topical books in these libraries. The clear result of buying books for the libraries makes an impact in these schools! This is a good & effective organization.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had an excellent experience working with Access Books Bay Area as a board member from June 2020-2021. During my time with the team, I was impressed by their dedication and passion for their mission. During the pandemic - when schools and school libraries were closed - the team pivoted strategies and found a way to continue supporting their mission of promoting literacy for elementary students in underserved communities through innovative ideas such as library book boxes. These book boxes provided students with access to books in an especially critical and challenging time. Access Books Bay Area makes a real impact in schools and the local community. They were a strong, organized and effective organization that I was proud to be a part of.

2 Rachel W.7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During the pandemic Access Books reached out to me to support a holiday gift program for low-income families and children. They donated, ordered, and delivered great books for the children in our program. The team at Access Books showed their generosity, commitment to children’s literacy, and flexibility/ingenuity during a crisis. A great organization!

3 Marsha D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Access Books after they partnered with Environmental Volunteers, an organization I have been involved with for the past 10 years. Together we provided science topic, grade level specific books in addition to the fiction and non fiction books they provide to so many underfunded schools. During Covid, when school libraries were not accessible, they began a project to set up "Little Libraries" on the school grounds. They utilized their volunteers in the way the volunteers felt comfortable, whether it was building the library, painting the library or installing it. I felt so proud to see the library my family built installed and being used by students in an underfunded district. They are organized an provide a wonderful service to the schools and students they impact!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Access Books Bay Area takes great care in bringing book joy to under-funded schools and to the kids who attend them. Keep up the great work!

2 Linda S.24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so impressed with Access Books Bay Area. It is very important for children to have access to books of all types. ABBA creates wonderful libraries in schools that don't have resources. During the Covid lockdown, they installed many "little libraries" outside schools and kept them stocked with books that kids could take and read.