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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Book'em is great organization that is helping bring books and literacy to the underserved and underprivileged kids of the metro Nashville schools. This organization's focus on literacy and getting books into the hands of every child really speaks to me personally as an avid reader that was privileged to grow up with books and parents that read to me from birth. Book'em's mission to serve the kids that aren't as privileged with books and reading and literacy is really what lead me to want to serve on the board.

Mary503

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer Reading is Fundamental reader with Book'em. We visit a classroom five times each year to read and to distribute books to the students. I also serve as a member of the Board. Book'em has a number of great programs in addition to RIF that are aimed at providing children with books of their own from birth through high school. Helping kids become readers is a gateway to help them expand their horizons and their dreams. Kids who have books at home do better in school and life than kids who don't.

Mary Silva Doctor

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Book’em is so critical to youth literacy in our city. Book’em gets volunteer readers in classrooms to share their love of reading and donates books to kids who need them most, giving them stories that they can read again and again.

Reading opens up imaginations and gives kids the confidence to be lifelong learners. And Book’em is helping kids do just that.

I have seen firsthand the changes this nonprofit makes in the lives of children here in Nashville. It is such an incredible organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started working with Book'em as a volunteer during company sponsored volunteer days. I was truly inspired by how many children they are able to serve in the Nashville area through management of the local RIF program. Each classroom gets to experience the magic of reading which opens the door to a whole new world of imagination! Each child in a RIF class is given 5 BRAND NEW books each year! I can't imagine growing up without books! There are still several elementary schools that Book'em hasn't yet been able to expand their services to. They need our help to continue grow their program so that each elementary school and grade level benefit from the magic of reading and book ownership. These children are the next generation.

I am now a board member and had the privilege to participate in Read Me Day at Carter Lawrence elementary school. These children are amazing! And they all love to read. We need to feed that hunger. We need to improve the literacy of our youth. Book'em/RIF volunteers do this every time they step into a classroom and read a story. I am so honored and humbled to be a part of this amazing and inspiring organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Book'em is a fantastic group fulfilling a definite need in our community. The mission of Book'em is simple- putting books in the hands of Nashville's youth that need it most. Through its flagship program Reading is Fundamental, volunteer readers go into Nashville schools 5 times per school year and read to the children. Most importantly, though, each child takes home a brand new book after each reading. I can speak from personal experience that while the children love the story time, they most cherish having their very own new book to take home. If you are looking for a nonprofit having a real impact in the community, Book'em meets that criteria!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hi , I started as a volunteer for Bookem helping in our in house Library.
I found that each time I went my life became fuller with the work we were doing, providing books to the Community. Every once in a while my favorite books from childhood came across the table and the memories that came with them. I started to read to a first grade classroom. Everytime I left I knew I left a piece of myself with them along with a book they could take home and call there own.I was becoming totally addicted to being a part of this wonderful selfless non- profit called Bookem. The smiles , the excitement of children wanting to share and read together is just the best feeling. I cry when I leave them for the summer, and count the time we will all be together reading again. Today 5 years later Iam on the board as Secretary and working even harder to get the word out in the Community what we are and what we do. But most of all how good it feels and how it effects so many Children and there future. Without reading and books we are nothing. Join the experience of a lifetime. Putting Children in our community First.