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“Lisa Libraries” Offers Needed K-8 Materials to Friends, Other Needy Applicants

lisa.jpgDoes your Friends group work with children in underserved or otherwise disadvantaged parts of the state? If so, the Lisa Libraries program wants to help by donating new, age appropriate books to your youth literacy efforts.

“Lisa Libraries” is the brainchild of Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin, and named in honor of her good friend, renowned editor Lisa Novak. Unlike other nonprofit initiatives with this same focus, Martin and fellow organizers do not give preferential treatment to candidates in urban or in rural areas. If the need is there, Lisa Libraries wants to help.

Since 1990, in addition to public libraries, large materials donations have been awarded to organizations ranging from daycare centers and after-school programs, to homeless and battered women’s shelters, to prison visiting areas where children meet with incarcerated parents. To date, the organization has donated over 350,000 books to applicants across the country.

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no standard application form, but you must compile and mail:

  • Basic information about your program (overview letter, brochures, news clippings, etc.)
  • Information on the size, age range, and socio-economic status of the youth population you serve
  • Details on your books request, including how the new materials would be used
  • Overview of annual budget and current funding sources (if available)

Click here for further submission details. (Alternatively, if your Friends group finds itself in possession of a large stock of new or like new children’s books, click here to learn how to make a tax deductible donation to the Lisa Libraries.)