SAReads Summer Book Drive


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).    

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

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

Find the nearest book barrel location here.

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.