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Books for Kids

"Children who have books of their own possess limitless opportunity!"

Mary Kellner

Next Door’s Books for Kids program was established in 1990 with the hope that all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of family income or education levels, could have books to call their own. Books for Kids distributes over 50,000 books each year!  We give two books a month to our early education students here at NEXT DOOR and we also distribute books to neighborhood families and teachers throughout the city -- FOR FREE!

READ WITH ME VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE Winter 2015 Spots available!

New! Great news! Barnes & Noble Mayfair has asked Next Door's Books for Kids program to partner with them for a special Book Fair to benefit Books for Kids!

The Book Fair will run November 1 - December 31, with a special Book Fair kick-off event in the store on Friday November 7 from 4-6 PM.

How will Books for Kids benefit?

PROCEEDS DONATED: All day on November 7, a percentage of the proceeds from Barnes and Noble Mayfair sales (at the Cafe and in the bookstore) will benefit Next Door’s Books for Kids program. Please mention us at check-out. Online sales: A percentage of the proceeds from online sales at BN.com from November 7-12 will also be donated to the program. Please use voucher # ID 11443207 when making purchases online during that time.

DONATE A BOOK! From November 1 - December 31, customers can purchase a book or books from our wishlist at Barnes & Noble Mayfair and donate to our program. We are in great need of books so this is very good news for the kids and families we serve.

Join us for the kick-off event at Barnes and Noble - Mayfair in Milwaukee on Friday November 7th, from 4-6 PM! If you can't make it, please be sure to make your purchases online and use the voucher # to donate the proceeds.

Thank you Barnes and Noble Mayfair and thank you to all of those who participate!
 
 
 

  

New!  Listen to our Read With Me feature on Radio Milwaukee!

BOOKS FOR KIDS GIVING LIBRARY NEEDS BOOKS!  We are in dire need of gently-used or new children's books, in particular, infant-toddler picture books.This is a perfect opportunity for youth groups, confirmation/church groups and scouts!

CALL 414/562-2929, ext. 109 to arrange a drop-off time. 

  • If you have a carriable bag of books, please bring in anytime 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday to Next Door, 2545 N. 29th Street, Milwaukee
  • For larger donations: Please send us an email or call 414/562-2929,  ext. 109 to arrange a drop-off time.

 

 

Watch!  READ WITH ME HOLIDAY PROGRAM featuring our wonderful friends and some very special students!

Program Impact

Since its inception, Books for Kids has distributed more than 1,700,000 books in the Milwaukee area.  Placing books into the hands of Milwaukee’s central city children is essential because:

  • Low-income families have few children’s books in their homes. 
  • The number of books in a child’s home correlates significantly with reading achievement.
  • The number of books available to a child plays a role in predicting first grade reading achievement                .
  • Reading ability is a strong predictor of success and interest in school.

By expanding the number and frequency of reading experiences Books for Kids inspires young people to develop an appreciation and love for books.  As a result, Milwaukee children improve reading fundamentals, school preparedness, and their chances of achieving long-term academic success.

Volunteer Opportunities and Donations

Volunteers make Books for Kids and the Read With Me program possible.  There are numerous ways you or your volunteer group can get involved:

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  • Read to children during Read with Me”:  Volunteer readers read in small groups of children ages 2-5 on Tuesdays 9-11 am and  1:30-3:30 pm and Wednesday mornings from 9-11 am.

  • Assist in the “Giving Library”:  Help us to clean, sort, label, and shelve the thousands of children’s books so that they are ready for distribution. 

  • Hold a book drive:  We always need new or gently used children’s books.  This is a great opportunity for school groups, church groups, girl and boy scout troops, and corporate groups.

  • Donate Books!  Books for Kids accepts new and gently-used children’s books for all ages (babies-young adult) through individual donations and book drives throughout the entire year.

We are in need of:

  • Baby Board Books
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Juvenile Literature
  • Children’s Dictionaries and Cookbooks
  • Children’s Books with Universal Themes (friendship, animals, science, etc.)
  • Parenting Books
  • Multicultural Children’s Books

We  cannot accept:

  • Textbooks of any kind
  • Withdrawn or discarded library books
  • Old books with mildew, torn pages, handwriting, or highlighting
  • Magazines
  • Encyclopedias or other reference books
  • Adult books

Collaboration

Books for Kids relies on financial gifts from local corporations, foundations and individuals. The program has received grant support from The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Fleck Foundation, Next Chapter Book Sellers, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, Target Stores, Faye McBeath Foundation, Assurant Health, Proven Direct, Bessie A. & Harold M. Stratton Fund and Journal Communications, Inc.

Books for Kids also maintains active partnerships with many corporations, churches, and schools. Some current Books for Kids partnerships include: Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Northwestern Mutual, Baird, Rockwell, U.S. Bank, Fleck Foundation, CH2M Hill, Roundy's Foundation, Next Chapter Booksellers, Half Priced Books, Wauwatosa Village, Bayside Travel, Reformation Lutheran Church, Brown Deer Middle School, and the Volunteers of Lake Country.

Book Distribution

Every Thursday afternoon between 2:00 and 6:00 pm teachers and parents throughout the city of Milwaukee are invited to the "Giving Library” located within the Next Door  to choose books for Milwaukee’s children.  Parents and teachers can visit once per month and should bring their own bag for the books. 

For more information about Books for Kids and to volunteer or drop off books, please send us an email or call 414/562-2929, ext. 109.

Thank You!

 

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