Serve Your City: Prep Books for Kids with the Children's Book Bank

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 from 5:15pm to 8:30pm (PT)


Join PSU's Student Community Engagement Center to volunteer your time and energies to help one of our community partners on a "Serve Your City" project!

Come and spruce-up gently-used community donated children's books, which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! Specific tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions and reinforcing worn spines. A typical volunteer session includes a welcome, introductions, an overview of the Book Bank and book cleaning instructions, and then the book cleaning itself, followed by a reflection. 

The book gap: For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development (which begins at birth) is the scarcity of books in the home. While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is a mere 1 book to 300 children.

The Children's Book Bank narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children's books into the homes of kids in need.

This project is open to Portland State University students. Come make a big impact on kids in need and have fun sprucing up books with fellow PSU students!   

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