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Our mission is to promote literacy, life-long learning, and the love of reading by providing brand new, high quality books free to the underprivileged children and youth of Erie County, from birth to age 18.
Programs and Services
We distribute books through non-profit organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children and youth in Erie County. We also provide adult volunteer readers who read aloud monthly to children in grades K through 5 at Edison and Lincoln schools, and each time we read, children in those grades receive a brand new book. We also have a Books for Birthdays program that allows parents or other care givers to obtain three free books per year for every child in their families. This program is open Saturdays from 11:00-1:00 at our headquarters at St. John's Lutheran Church. We also encourage parents to engage in in-home reading. To date, we have distributed over 426,000 books since 1990.