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Children's Book Bank

The PHILADELPHIA READS Children's Book Bank houses new and gently used children's books for preschoolers through young adults. This free resource is available throughout the school year for school teachers and community partners running educational programs. There are many ways you can help PHILADELPHIA READS at the Book Bank:

1. Organize a Book Drive

Books are provided for the book bank through community book drives. During the 2008-2009 school-year, PHILADELPHIA READS distributed over 66,000 books to local teachers and child-care providers.


This project involves generating participation, developing and posting flyers, sorting books, securing appropriate book collection site(s), setting up book collection bin(s), sorting through books to ensure they are in good condition & appropriate, and coordinating with PHILADELPHIA READS at the end of the drive for book delivery/pick-up. PHILADELPHIA READS will provide the "book bins" if needed. For further information, click here.

2. Be a Book Sorter

The Book Bank is in need of a few detail-oriented people to volunteer each Tuesday or Wednesday at the book bank.

3. Be a Data Entry Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help input key research data about teachers who utilize the PHILADELPHIA READS Book Bank.

For more information on how you can help at the PHILADELPHIA READS Children's Book Bank, please fill out the Volunteer Form or contact us at (215) 851-1748.