We need space for books! We are looking for a generous individual or company with extra space on the ground level of a building where we could store & process books. We would use the space to store boxes of books, work tables, and shelves, and we would need to have access to work in the space during weekdays and weekends. . The space would need to be about the size of a two car garage, or slightly larger. Ideally, the space would also be able to accept deliveries of new books throughout the week without Access Books Staff having to be present every time. Since we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the donation of space would be tax deductible as well.
Since the beginning of the pandemic last spring, Access Books Bay Area has been laser-focused on helping the students whose only access to books was cut off by the closing of schools and public libraries. We have been working tirelessly to purchase, collect, and distribute new and gently used high quality, culturally relevant books for children living in poverty in the Bay Area. As our operations have grown, we’ve learned that we could have even more impact if we had warehouse space. We are not in a position to rent space, as we are choosing to have our budget go straight to purchasing books for children and school libraries in low-income schools.
If you, or someone you know, can provide us with donated storage and processing space, please contact us at email@example.com.
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. We believe that books change lives, and that for children living in poverty, the school library is the best way to connect children with pleasure reading books. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure is one of the single greatest indicators of future academic success, yet the state of California provides no dedicated funding for school libraries, and many of the schools in the Bay Area have not funded their school libraries for decades, leading to out-dated collections and unattractive facilities. Our organization changes lives by making sure that the school library is an attractive place full of wonderful, interesting, recent, and culturally relevant books that will help them become lifelong readers.
We provide books to low-income schools where approximately 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. Most students at the schools we serve are children of color and children of immigrants. Our organization provides brand new, hardcover, high quality books to school libraries and gently used books to teachers for classroom libraries, as well as improving the library space by painting colorful, reading-based murals and providing new comfortable reading furniture.
We complete 2-3 library renovation projects each academic year, each taking place on a Saturday from 9am - 2pm. Volunteers from partner community service organizations collect the gently used books to be donated and provide volunteers for the project day. We serve school around the bay area, although most of our work to date has been concentrated in the south bay and peninsula areas. We have renovated nine elementary and middle school libraries in high poverty areas to date, and have applications pending for four more, one of which will be renovated this spring.
Since our founding in 2016, we have provided over 5000 new books, and 15,000 used books to schools. We have served nearly 4000 students and their families, have worked with more than a dozen different service organizations, and have had almost 400 volunteers work on our projects.
Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
Easy drive from Palo AltoPalo Alto, CA94301
February 5, 2021
Real Estate & Leasing
We would appreciate having access to the space during business hours on weekdays as well as as needed on weekends.