Bright Star Books
The mission of Bright Star Books, Inc. is to promote a culture of reading by increasing access to and ownership of books for limited-resource children in the Greater Akron region. We aim to do this at the earliest possible age to ensure children grow up habituated to the potential of books as sources of learning and joy.
Bright Star Books aims to compliment and collaborate with existing early childhood development and literacy organizations in the Greater Akron region to build a sustainable community network that brings books into the homes of limited-resource children and gives every family the chance to develop a lasting love of reading and learning. Utilizing the latest developmental research, and embracing a model where community participation, capacity building, and research are critical, we seek to identify and fill gaps in existing programs so that every child - regardless of race, ability, socioeconomic status or cultural capital - has the resources needed to grow up in an environment where developing a love for reading is possible.
Co-founders Christin and Keith Seher formed BSB after an “Aha!” moment with their then 3-year-old son, Keaton. Reading at home, they mentioned how other children don’t have books at home like him. After a moment’s thought, he responded “Then we have to give them some!” BSB’s efforts began in 2014 building libraries in temporary housing situations; but within a few months, community members began bringing BSB their used children’s books en masse. Realizing they had tapped into an under-leveraged resource, the Sehers began building a pipeline to get these books to children who need them most. Five years in, Bright Star Books’ giving and community of supporters continue to expand, united by belief in the transformative power a book can have in the hands of a child.