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Books for America has awarded grants of more than $6.6 million worth of books and materials to schools, shelters and many other educational programs and organizations here in the United States. Help us keep expanding our reach - please donate YOUR books now! 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 non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC that is having a huge impact on thousands of disadvantaged individuals. Our mission is to promote literacy, life-long learning and understanding by distributing donated new and used books of all types and other forms of educational media to organizations serving disadvantaged communities and individuals.
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. Recipients include adult and youth literacy programs, youth centers, transitional homeless shelters, hospitals, inner-city and rural schools, military bases, assisted living communities for seniors, veterans hospitals, women's shelters, hospices, and other such organizations.
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!
Most recently, we have awarded book grants to: 11/1/2013 Metro DC Reading Corps 82 11/1/2013 Reach Out and Read 1,011 11/2/2013 Shrevewood Elementary school 135 11/2/2013 Keene Mill Elementary 828 11/2/2013 Westlawn Elementary School 87 11/4/2013 Westbriar ES 1,035 11/4/2013 Springfield Estates Elementary School 146 11/4/2013 Freedom Hill Elementary School FECEP 268 11/5/2013 Farmwell Station Middle School 94 11/5/2013 Lanier Middle School 230 11/5/2013 Falls Church High School 75 11/5/2013 Friends of Guest House 98 11/5/2013 Glasgow Middle School 76 11/5/2013 Camelot Elementary School 273 11/5/2013 Herndon Middle School 56 11/5/2013 SOME 60 11/5/2013 Bren Mar Park Elementary School 209 11/6/2013 Ahc Inc Berkely Community Center 104 11/6/2013 For Love of Children 287 11/7/2013 The Duffy House 154 11/8/2013 Imagine Schools 777 11/13/2013 Savoy Elemtentary School 176 11/13/2013 Herndon Middle School 1,211 11/14/2013 Dranesville Elementary School 231 11/15/2013 Saratoga Elementary School 300
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