Our partnership with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of Summit County will allow us to put books directly into the hands and homes of thousands of limited-resource children at very little cost. Our goal is to give 10 like new, age appropriate books to each of the 7,000+ children ages 0-5 served by WIC of Summit County each year! But we rely on the community’s help, through donations of gently used young children’s books (e.g. board books, picture books, touch and feel books, flashcards, simple hard cover story books).Currently, there are three options for collecting and/or donating used books:
The Bright Beginnings Library program reflects the commitment of Bright Star Books to increasing book ownership for limited-resource children ensuring they grow up habituated to reading's potential as a source of learning and joy. This program provides a starter library to children ages 0-3 that includes a bookshelf and a collection of age-appropriate books. Our book collection was generated from national reading program lists and represents diverse perspectives and cultural groups. As part of the Bright Beginnings Library program, parents, grandparents, extended family and caregivers are encouraged to read with children to facilitate a culture of reading in the home. Currently, the Bright Beginnings Library program is being piloted with families served through our partner agencies participating in the Bright Star Libraries program.
Bright Star Libraries are small libraries and reading nooks placed in nonprofit agencies in Greater Akron that serve limited-resource children. Our goal is to ensure that all children, regardless of circumstance, grow up in an atmosphere where books are the norm, and have the chance to build pre-literacy skills and spark imaginative engagement through reading.
Bright Star Libraries are designed for children ages 0-6, and include a collection of at least 100-150 new books, shelving, seating and kid-friendly decor. If you are interested in bringing a Bright Star Library on-site to your non-profit agency, contact us to start a conversation at
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