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Host a Book Drive for the Central Virginia Children’s Book Bank


Host a Book Drive! Get Kids and Books Together

If you’re part of a club, organization, faith group, or scout troop, consider hosting a book donation drive. Your bulk donation or personal contribution of nearly new and new titles for children is welcome at CMoR (Central, Short Pump, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg locations). For more information about conducting a book drive, please visit the Book Bank.


The Central Virginia Children’s Book Bank powered by the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) nurtures the love of books and reading and provides free books directly to children throughout Central Virginia whose families cannot afford or do not have access to books.

The Book Bank, which was originally created in 2001 as a partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater Richmond, and the City of Petersburg, became a part of the Children’s Museum of Richmond in 2012. Working closely with CMoR, which has the tools and resources to manage a program of this magnitude, the Book Bank distributed more than 70,000 books to children in need.

In an effort to support early childhood literacy, volunteers with the Book Bank spent two days last spring distributing three books to every child in pre-kindergarten through third grade in the Petersburg City Public School system — totaling nearly 8,000 books.

“Every child deserves to have the opportunity to explore the stories and exciting information books provide. Regardless of their economic status, it is important for children to gain a love of reading from a very early age,” says Bekah Miller,

Fara Caldwell volunteers regularly for the Children’s Book Bank.
Fara Caldwell volunteers regularly for the Children’s Book Bank.

director of volunteer services and the Book Bank. “The most successful way to improve the reading achievements of children in low-income circumstances is to increase their access to print, and our highest priority is reading encouragement through book ownership.”

Access to books is essential to developing reading skills, and studies confirm that the number of books in the home directly predicts long-term achievements in reading. Independent research also confirms that children who grow up with books in the home reach a higher level of education than those who do not have home libraries.

One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is thirteen books per each child; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is just one book for every three children. While this is a national statistic, there is an exceptional need in Central Virginia. That’s why the Book Bank works to distribute books directly to children ages newborn to thirteen years and to local organizations that serve at-risk children.

Title 1 schools, social service agencies, faith-based organization, under-resourced preschools, and other groups who assist children in need all qualify for assistance from the Book Bank. To further support this important literacy mission, CMoR distributed books to more than 13,000 children who participated in scholarship-based field trip programming last year.


Read more about the Central Viriginia Children’s Book Bank
in this month’s Reaching Out on page 18 of Richmond Family Magazine.



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