Thanks to YOUR book donations, Books for America has granted (just under - we're so close!)1 MILLIONbooks to local schools, shelters and many other organizations.
PLEASE keep the books coming in! Let's fill up libraries for kids and adults all around the Mid-Atlantic region and the rest of the U.S.
Please join us - WE NEED YOUR BOOKS!
We need your Lego, Playmobil & other gently-used toys! Donate Lego bricks and sets and other items and help us provide educational toys to shelters, schools & hospitals.
Students at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, VA sent us a huge thank-you banner after we provided their school with more than 3,000 books for a Book Bonanza event held in early June!
Building and improving libraries in schools, shelters, prisons and more.
Supporting reading and education programs.
Providing children with their first take-home books.
They need your books!
Books for America has awarded grants of nearly 1,000,000 books as well as other educational materials to schools, shelters and many other educational programs and organizations in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Help us keep expanding our reach - please donate YOUR books now! Children's books and books for adults are BOTH urgently needed.
We can also make great use of used DVDs, music and educational CDs, cell phones, laptops, digital cameras and many other items. Learn More
Books for America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is having a huge impact on tens of thousands of individuals in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Founded in 2002, our mission is to promote literacy, life-long learning and understanding by distributing donated new and used books and other forms of educational media to disadvantaged organizations and schools.
Recipients include adult and youth literacy programs, public schools, charter schools, transitional homeless shelters, hospitals, military bases, assisted living communities for seniors, veterans' hospitals, women's shelters, hospices, correctional facilities, and other organizations.
Because we collect all types of books, we are able to provide books to people of all ages. This makes Books for America unique among most non-profit organizations in the United States. We obtain needed items from individuals and organizations, and from donation drives held in communities. Items you wish to donate could also be shipped directly to us.
Books for America is making great strides in fighting illiteracy and increasing knowledge and understanding - but we need your help!
You can help instill an excitement for reading in our most disadvantaged children - visit Why Donate to find out how!
Research has shown that simply giving children books may be as effective as summer school - and a lot cheaper. Over the last 20 years...low-income students simply have less access to print.Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.Mariah Evans, Research In Stratification and Mobility
61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Families living in poverty must use their financial resources to pay for food and shelter, not books.Reading Literacy in the United States
There is a common theme among our underperforming children - they don't own books.United States Department of Education
Come visit our used bookstore in Dupont Circle!
Selling some of the books that are donated to us is a fundraising tool for us. But since our entire mission is to get books into people's hands, you get fantastic books at ridiculously low prices!We have current bestsellers, art, history, philosophy, tons of cookbooks, and much, much more. Books for America - a Bookstore with a Purpose 1417 22nd Street, NW (22nd & P) Washington, DC 20037 202.835.2665 Hours: Mon, Fri & Sat 10-6; Tue-Thu 10-9; Sun 11-5
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