Building Home Libraries One Child at a Time!
Hi! My name is Mary Twentyman and I would like to tell you about our literacy program that began in Northwest Iowa! It is sponsored by St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake.
We are collecting new and gently-used children's books for distribution to children as "seed" for their own home libraries. The children may select one to four books (depending on availability) for this purpose. So far books have been distributed at elementary schools, a food bank, to individual children and an "Indian Mission" congregation. This summer we have begun a new project entitled: "The 3 B's." We are excited about the potential of this program and would love to have you check it out.
In conjunction, we are available for presentations focusing on the importance of reading to children and also for giving pointers on book selection.
Starting in December of 2010, we decided to extend the project to our winter home in Arizona where we are assisting in the distribution of food and supplies at the food bank of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, which we now consider our winter church. There are usually 75-125 families, some with very large families, being served on a semi-monthly basis, so the need for books is great.
In addition to the food bank we have distributed many books to students at a local school that has a high number of children in proverty. We gave a presentation to parents followed by a book distribution. We also were able to supply summer reading books to a second grade class in which we volunteered.
The need for books far outreaches our supply, so donations are always welcome!
As of April 30, 2013
Our Iowa Project
Number of books distributed: 4160
Our Arizona Project
Number of books distributed: 6385
Number of books distributed: total 554
GRAND TOTAL OF BOOKS DISTRIBUTED is 11,099
Check back often to see our progress!