The SAReads Summer Book Drive begins Monday, June 5th and continues through Friday, August 18th. Anyone can donate new or gently-used children’s books at more than 50 locations across greater San Antonio, including all San Antonio Public Library branches, all Firstmark Credit Union locations, all area YMCAs, both Whole Foods Market stores and The Twig Book Shop. The SAReads Book Bank is looking for children’s books, ranging from infants through teen and young adult. “The San Antonio Public Library is proud to continue to partner with SAReads on the summer book drive,” said Ramiro Salazar, Director of the San Antonio Public Library. “This important initiative helps children and their families build their own home library which not only encourages reading and literacy, but also forms the building blocks of successful futures. The San Antonio Public Library is proud to be a part of helping children in our community access to books.”
The book bank works to eradicate book deserts in San Antonio and supplement classroom libraries by donating thousands of books to students, teachers, schools and nonprofits. In addition to collecting and transporting books, the book bank inspects, cleans, catalogs and warehouses books before distributing them to children in the community, many of whom lack books in their homes. “Each year, the number of book drive partners grows and the number of books collected increases,” said Pamela Toman, Executive Director of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. “We’re so grateful to the community for supporting the SAReads Summer Book Drive.”
This fall, many area teachers will be forced to pay out-of-pocket to purchase books for their classrooms. To meet this need, SAReads offers a self-select program, which allows Bexar County teachers to fill their classroom libraries free-of-charge. "Our purpose at the YMCA of Greater San Antonio is to strengthen the foundations of our community, and helping a child learn to read is a pivotal step in that process,” said Matt Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater San Antonio YMCA. “We are pleased to extend the resources of our Y community to assist SAReads in their efforts to enhance the reading proficiency of our San Antonio youth.”
Originally started by Congressman Joaquín Castro during his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, the SAReads Summer Book Drive has added new partners and drop-off locations each year, including our newest partner Whole Foods Market. “Supporting our local community and giving back are part of our core values at Whole Foods Market. SAReads is also giving back by collecting books over the summer so San Antonio kids can continue reading all year long,” said Jennifer Molina, San Antonio Marketing & Community Relations for Whole Foods Market.
Organizations interested in hosting their own book drive are encouraged to contact SAReads at email@example.com or by phone at (210) 957-8790. Any organization interested in requesting books from the SAReads Book Bank can do so on our website.