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Causes: Education, Libraries

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: 10,000 children and teens

Geographic areas served: Nashville / Davidson County

Programs: Books for Nashville's Kids 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 2016, Bookem furnished more than 58,000 books through about 80 partner programs and organizations. Books are collected through in-kind donations from businesses, congregations and individuals, as well as monetary donations used to purchase books at great prices. 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 and money, 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.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Susan539

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a Bookem volunteer is so much fun. I love visiting and reading with children and they are so excited to be able to pick out their books to keep. It doesn't take a lot of time but is very rewarding.

1 Kristine26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ChanceLight partnered with Book'em a few years ago to develop a Corporate Sponsorship program that would allow employees to adopt classrooms and potentially even a school. With the help of Book'em, in less than 2 years, ChanceLight was able to go from adopting 6 classrooms to an entire elementary school. The work that Book'em does to help children is astounding. They truly care about every student and work diligently to make sure all children have someone to look up to and to read to them. ChanceLight's mission is: helping change the direction of children's lives and we truly believe Book'em aligns with that mission.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with Book'em for 7 years now and have continually seen them accomplish a lot with a little. The staff is small but they work hard every day to make sure that kids have access to books and readers. Great group of people!

1 Wolfgang R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I grew up in Germany (at a time way before cable TV, internet and Ipads) we hung out for hours at the local library. I remember getting lost in mythological stories as well as adventures of master detectives. Books were never scarce in our lives!
I had no idea how many elementary school children don't have sufficient access to books and thus don't have a fair chance to enhance their reading skills.
I am glad to be a volunteer for RIF! I get to read books to and with "my students" a few times a year. I know, they will be waiting for me to come to class and distribute books that will become their own!
What a win-win situation. I get to enjoy reading children's books and contribute a bit to creating interest in reading and increasing the ability to imagine and to connect

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Book'em! As a former educator I enjoy being able to go into classrooms and read to children and see the joy it brings them when they get to pick out their brand new books! I am amazed at the number of books that are processed and given away through the many programs that Book'em provides to the underserved children in Nashville.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Book 'em is amazing! There's nothing more fun than reading to kids and making them proud book owners. It's the best 30 minutes of my month. It is easy to take for granted something as familiar as having books in your home, but the children that I read to really don't, and they are so grateful for the books that we give them. I always feel good after I leave my classroom .

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Book'em and am now a volunteer. Book'em is a very small nonprofit that is making a big difference with children in Metropolitan Nashville. We give books to children who don't have books of their own to have at home. Research shows that children with books at home are better readers. One special program of Book'em is giving 5 books to every child who moves into a new Habitat for Humanity house. The books are wrapped up with ribbons and bows with a gift card and are waiting in the house for them. What a wonderful surprise for them! I love helping to pick out the books for these children.
Martha Ann

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.