Thank you for your interest in Books in Little Hands.
Attached is a flier giving you more information about what we are about. We started in January 2015 with one food pantry to supply with children's books. We quickly grew to providing books monthly to four pantries. As of May, we have eight pantries and a WIC that we supply with children's books, and some adult fiction, monthly. Typically, we provide 60-80 books to each pantry. That adds up to quite a few books that Diane and I have to gather and deliver.
The Friends of the Grandview Library have graciously donated many children's and adult books. Two of the Barnes & Noble locations have also given us many boxes of children's books. Acorn Books donates a box monthly. We have also received books from Half Price Books on occasion. Some friends of ours have had book drives to help us out.
We group the books by age: Birth-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12. Of note, B-2 is the hardest to come by. Diane and I scour thrift stores for used board books, and we hit garage sales. And as you can see by our letter, we believe in getting books into the littlest hands.
There is no fee to the pantry. The books are free, and the response has been phenomenal! The books are flying off the shelves and the children look forward to the next book that they can take home and keep. This has truly been a most worthwhile experience. If any of the scouts would like to help deliver the books, that would be a great experience for all involved.
The pantries that we supply are: Hilliard, Neighborhood Services, Crossroads, Lutheran Social Services-Westside, Lutheran Social Services-Champion Ave., Livingston Ave., Easton Community, & Clintonville. We also supply the Eastland WIC with books to give out to the children on their birthdays.
Thank you for your interest.
Diane and Pam