Literacy Month
Literacy Month

 

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You can support early literacy during the month of September by donating new or gently used books for children ages birth to 5.

We've partnered with child care centers and preschools throughout the Kansas City metro who are in need of books. Throughout September, we'll introduce you to these programs on social media and ask you to help us "fill the shelves".

Donated books will be used to fill lending libraries at local child care centers and preschools. Families will be able to check out books and access the lending library regularly.

Volunteer

Where to Drop-off Books

Administrative Office
(se habla Español)
444 Minnesota Ave., Suite 200
Kansas City, KS 66101
Campus map
Please enter from State Ave. between
4th and 5th streets
Find us with Google Maps
913-342-1110

 

Jackson County Family Center
Blue Ridge Tower Building
4240 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Suite 434
Kansas City, MO 64133
Find us with Google Maps
816-373-7577

 

Johnson County Family Center
4600 West 51st Street, Suite 301
Roeland Park, KS 66205
Find us with Google Maps
913-642-4300

 

Wyandotte County Family Center
5424 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66102
Find us with Google Maps
913-287-1300

Spread the Word

Please help spread the word! We've prepared language and graphics you can use to engage your family, friends and co-workers on social media.

Sample language you can copy and paste for social media:

Twitter / Instagram

  • Middle-income neighborhood = 13 books per child. Low-income = 1 for every 300 kids. Help #FillTheShelves https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh
  • Do you have children’s books gathering dust? @TFCKC will use them to #FillTheShelves for local kids. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh
  • Do you have books your child has outgrown? Find out how you can put them to good use. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh #LiteracyMonth #FillTheShelves
  • Here’s one very simple way you can support early #literacy - https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh. #FillTheShelves
  • Studies show the # of books in a child’s home is the #1 predictor of later reading achievement.
  • Do you remember the magic of reading a book with a small child? Help #FillTheShelves and share that magic. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh

Facebook / Google+

  • In middle-income neighborhoods, on average, there are 13 books per child. The average ration for  low-income neighborhoods is one book for every 300 kids. Help #FillTheShelves and provide access to vulnerable children.  https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh
  • Do you have new or gently used children’s books gathering dust? @TheFamilyConservancy will use them to #FillTheShelves and help local kids access books. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh
  • Do you have new or gently used books your child has outgrown? Find out how you can put them to good use. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh #LiteracyMonth #FillTheShelves
  • Here’s one very simple way you can support early #literacy. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh #FillTheShelves
  • Studies show the number of books in a child’s home is the number one predictor of later reading achievement. Help #FillTheShelves for local kids. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh
  • Do you remember the magic of reading a book with a small child? Help #FillTheShelves and share that magic. https://bit.ly/2bKxWxh

Graphics for social media:

Literacy Month Materials

FAQs

 

What type of books are you looking for?
We are in need of new and gently used books for children ages birth to 5 in English and Spanish. Find suggestions for babies and preschoolers or make a monetary donation and we'll purchase the books for you. Through partnerships, we're able to get high-quality books for as little as $.50.

Where can I drop off books?
You can drop off books at any of our four locations during normal business hours. A map of our locations can be found here.

What will you do with the books?
Donated books will be used to fill lending libraries at local child care centers and preschools. Families will be able to check out books and access the lending library regularly.

Why are books so important?
The first five years of life are a crucial development period. During this time, 90 percent of brain development occurs. Quality, age-appropriate books are important, irreplaceable tools that support child development -- building strong parent-child bonds and teaching children words that help them define the word around them.

Studies show the number of books in a child’s home is the number one predictor of later reading achievement. Unfortunately, for many young children in our community age-appropriate books are not readily available. One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods there are 13 books per child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ration is one book for every 300 kids.
 

Make a Monetary Donation

Your gift will go a long way. Through partnerships, we're able to purchase high-quality children's books for as little as $.50.

 

 

 

 

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