Approximately 120 trained pre-service teachers from Texas A&M - San Antonio's College of Education tutor kindergarten through 3rd grade students from Southwest Independent School District. Tutors and their students utilize a research based curriculum developed by the Florida Center for Reading Research. Learn more about the SAReads Reading Instruction Program or download our SAReads Impact Reports.
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.
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).
- 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
Book Barrel Locations
Donate your gently used children's and teen books at the following locations from June 1st to August 19th:
- San Antonio Public Library Branches
- Firstmark Credit Union Branches
- The Twig Book Shop
- YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Want to host an SAReads book collection barrel:
Businesses that are interested in hosting an SAReads Summer Book Drive barrel can contact SAReads Book Bank Coordinator Kyra Whitaker-Sheppard.
SAReads students and their families are invited to participate in the Mayor's Summer Reading Program by the San Antonio Public Library.
Your family can participate too! Just download the Reading Log and track the book titles you finish. If you read by yourself, you must finish at least 8 books to complete the Summer Reading requirement and claim your prize.
If you listen, you must finish at least 16 books to complete the Summer Reading requirement and claim your prize. Prizes include a Summer Reading Certificate signed by the Mayor and a free paperback book to keep.
SAReads students and their families are invited to the Omni Hotel San Antonio at the Colonnade for a free dinner and award ceremony to celebrate completing another year of the reading instruction program. Third graders participate in an official send-off and certificate presentation. Day and time still TBD.
Help us get books into the hands of children that need them most! Donating to SAReads during The Big Give on May 3rd helps us FILL OUR SHELVES WITH BOOKS for local children.
Donate here from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM on May 3rd, 2016: https://thebiggivesa.org/npo/literacy-san-antonio-inc