To foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need
Since opening our doors in February 2016, we have distributed more than 1,000,000 books to an estimated 95,000 kids through our extensive network of 900 + partner organizations who serve low-income families. We have engaged more than 4,000 volunteers, and our army of Little Free Libraries has grown to 100+ in Cleveland neighborhoods.
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank (CKBB) is a great organization run by great people. While I grew up in poverty, I was always fortunate enough to have a seemingly endless supply of books, and I believe that access is what got me to where I am today. Since not all children, particularly those in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, are not so lucky, we need organizations dedicated to getting books to kids, which is exactly what CKBB does. I have helped sort books a couple times now, and the task is not only rewarding, but also fun. I attend the Young Professionals' Books and Brew events, so it's more like a friendly get-together than work. If you have any interest in books, literacy, children, or simply and obsessive-compulsive need to sort, this is a great organization with which to volunteer!