According to the Library and Book Trade Almanac, more than 27,000 children's book titles were published or rereleased last year. Unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, these books are more accessible to some children than to others.
Public and school libraries play an important role in equalizing access, of course – but in poor and underserved areas, a library’s collection budget will only stretch so far. If your library serves a high proportion of underprivileged youth, The Lisa Libraries wants to help!
The Lisa Libraries is a 501c3 private foundation, started by The Babysitters Club author Ann M. Martin in 1992 to honor the memory of a friend. It provides a selection of new fiction and nonfiction books (K-6) to small libraries and “other small grassroots organizations” – daycare centers, prison visiting areas, homeless shelters, and third party after-school programs.
If your library can make a case for such a gift, please apply. Be prepared to supply statistics on the number of children you serve and the socio-economics status of your service area (e.g., eligibility data for Title 1 and Federal School Lunch programs).