'Books for Keeps is one of the most fun events we have at our school each year,' says one media specialist. 'The kids talk about it all year. They really feel ownership for the books and they get really excited toward the end of the year when they know it is coming.'

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No event can deliver that warm-fuzzy feeling straight to your heart quite like a Books for Keeps distribution. We spend all year working – with the help of volunteers and donors – to collect, inspect, and box books for distribution. It really is like Christmas.

The children come, one class at a time, to their school’s media center and select the books they would most like to own. Volunteers help them select books, and ask the students questions that help us align our book-collection needs for the following year.

The elation in the school media center during a BFK distribution is electric. Children speak excitedly about stories of princesses and superheroes. They gush over titles that make them giggle, and they light up in ways that their assigned school reading often cannot parallel.

While we spend most of the year collecting, sorting, and boxing books, it’s all in anticipation of those few weeks each May when we give all of the books away. And we need your help doing it.

Spring 2017 book distributions kicked off on April 24 and continued through May 23 – it was a month of sheer joy at the 15 schools we served, reaching a record 6,000 students.

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