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. Depending on need and group-size of our targeted kids, they can select anywhere from 1 to 25 books. So far books have been distributed at elementary schools, food banks, to individual children and an "Indian Mission" congregation. Last year we have begun a new project entitled: "Bunches of Books." Please check out this out on the tab on the top of the page.
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 local schools which have a high number of children in proverty.
The need for books far outreaches our supply, so donations are always welcome!
As of December 19, 2014
Our Iowa Project
Number of books distributed: 8,629
Our Arizona Project
Number of books distributed: 13,913
Number of books distributed: total 554
GRAND TOTAL OF BOOKS DISTRIBUTED is 22,095
Check back often to see our progress!