Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Building a Bookshelf is dedicated to finding and supporting programs that can provide public access to books for children that otherwise would never know the joy of owning a book.
Getting books into children's hands is the key to what we do. We are always looking for creative ways to inspire kids to read. In a nutshell:
1. We provide children with books they can take home and own. Studies show that having books in the home increase a child's probability of succeeding in school. We distribute the books through partnerships with organizations who serve children as well as community outreach opportunities.
2. We create libraries in places where kids spend time. After-school programs, shelters, daycares, and medical facilities are examples. We work with the organization to determine the age and volume of children they support and create a library of public access books. A library can be a single bookshelf or hundreds of books - but the key is that the children have access to books while they are at the facility.