Book Desert Book Drives

"PLACING BOOKS IN THE HANDS OF EVERY CHILD"

Book Desert Book Drives serve as a core component of stabilizing our efforts to end book deserts.  Our work begins with having access to a limitless amount of books to provide to children, youth and families. "In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children" (Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31). To remedy this problem, we have partnered with small businesses, colleges and universities, nonprofits, athletic teams, faith-based organizations and individuals of all ages to hold book drives. 

It's simple and anyone can hold a book drive to assist our efforts to keep the influx of books to the communities we serve coming. Books that are collected can be donated directly to us; or we partner with individuals and groups who want to hold book drives, as a launching point to bring our initiatives to their community. It's as easy as 1-2-3. 1: Find a location to collect books; 2: Create criteria for books to be donated (new or gently used, culturally relevant, age-specific); 3: Spread the word! 

Brandon Mitchell, Founder of S.T.A.R.S. and Brianna Betts, Founder of The Brianna Marie Blog partnered with StarStrukT in Columbus, Ohio to offer retail shoppers discounts for donating culturally relevant school-aged books.

Brandon Mitchell, Founder of S.T.A.R.S. and Brianna Betts, Founder of The Brianna Marie Blog partnered with StarStrukT in Columbus, Ohio to offer retail shoppers discounts for donating culturally relevant school-aged books.

We need everyday people to take the initiative to do book drives in their community; to lead this to end book deserts.
— Moses B. Mbeseha
Author, poet and special education specialist Melica Niccole sent 100+ books all the way to Ohio from her book drive in New Jersey. 

Author, poet and special education specialist Melica Niccole sent 100+ books all the way to Ohio from her book drive in New Jersey. 


Read more about this initiative at the University of Dayton — Book Drive: Help Us End Book Deserts

Read more about this initiative at the University of Dayton — Book Drive: Help Us End Book Deserts


Thank you to our sponsors that have held Book Desert Book Drives.