Give your books new life. Over 40 SAReads Summer Book Drive locations.

“Last year we collected 10,292 books during the Summer Book Drive, and this year we hope to collect even more,” says SAReads’ newest team member and Book Bank Coordinator Kyra Whitaker-Sheppard.

The SAReads Summer Book Drive officially kicks-off June 6th and will run through August 19th. All book donations into the SAReads Book Bank benefit schools, teachers and other non-profit organizations serving children. 

Book Bank Coordinator Kyra Whitaker-Sheppard joins SAReads as an Americorps VISTA and will be spearheading the 2016 SAReads Summer Book Drive.

Book Bank Coordinator Kyra Whitaker-Sheppard joins SAReads as an Americorps VISTA and will be spearheading the 2016 SAReads Summer Book Drive.

Although the SAReads Book Bank operates year-round, the summer months are when the need for K-5 and teen books is the greatest. Children who are given access to books during the summer perform 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without significant access to books (Allington, Mcgil-Franzen, Canilti, William, Graff, Zeig, Zmack & Nowak, 2010).    

Recognizing that these books may be the first book a child ever owns, SAReads trains volunteers to check them for water damage, missing pages and other quality control criteria. "We want to make sure that every child that receives a book is excited to read it when they open the front cover. The Book Bank only stocks quality inventory and titles children actually enjoy," explains Kyra.

SAReads has also narrowed the scope of what books they accept to better serve classroom teachers and nonprofits that regularly request free books.

Books accepted:

  • Infant & Toddler board books
  • Children’s story books and easy readers
  • Teen & Middle School books

Books not accepted:

  • Adult Books
  • Textbooks (any age range and subject)
  • Reference, encyclopedia, dictionaries and thesauruses
  • Magazines and workbooks

"Help us reach our goal by donating new and gently used children’s and teen books at one of our many book barrel locations throughout the Greater San Antonio region. Give your books new life by gifting them to children and youth in need."

Book Barrel Locations

SAReads book collection barrels will be placed at every San Antonio Public Library branch, Firstmark Credit Union branch, The Twig Book Shop, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and other public locations. Find the nearest book barrel location here.

Businesses that are interested in hosting an SAReads Summer Book Drive barrel can contact SAReads Book Bank Coordinator Kyra Whitaker-Sheppard.