Reading opens up new worlds to both kids and adults. And when children are read to and have books at home, they do better in school, studies show.
Knowing that, you may find it hard to believe but two-thirds of families in low income neighborhoods do not own a single children’s book. The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank works every day to change that and get books into the hands of children, and they need your help to do it.
They give books through WIC (Women, Infants and Children), where mothers of 16,000 kids ages 5 and younger receive books when they meet with WIC nutrition counselors. Five thousand families get books hand delivered monthly by agency outreach workers. Some 60,000 students in grades K-8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and nine other districts receive books from the book bank, and even more books are distributed via preschools, churches, libraries, food pantries and other agencies.
Now, WKYC Studios has partnered with Kids’ Book Bank and agreed to be a collection point for new and gently used books. They can be dropped off inside the vestibule at WKYC Studios, 1333 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland any time from October 4 through November 3, 2019.
Books can also be dropped off at the Kids’ Book Bank permanent outdoor collection bins. Those are located at:
Bay Village – Westerly Elementary, 30301 Wolf Rd. (near school entrance)
Beachwood – Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd. (across parking lot from pool building, NE corner next to recycling bins)
Brecksville- Hilton Elementary, 6812 Mill Dr. (end of parking lot near recycling bins)
Chagrin Falls – Gurney Elementary 1155 Bell Rd. (near gym)
Cleveland – Kids’ Book Bank 3635 Perkins Ave. (next to Loading Dock B)
Fairview Park – Gilles-Sweet Elementary 4320 W 220th St. (near front entrance)
Hudson – Ellsworth Hill Elementary 7750 Stow Rd. (along drop-off curb at front of building)
Lakewood – Lakewood High School 14100 Franklin Blvd. (outside door 35)
Orange – Pepper Pike Learning Center 32000 Chagrin Blvd. (near tennis courts)
Solon – Solon Middle School 6835 S.O.M. Center Rd. (end of main drive near recycling bins/playground)
Solon – Dorothy Lewis Elementary School 32345 Cannon Rd. (west side of parking lot near recycling bins)
Strongsville – Strongsville Middle School 13200 Pearl Rd. (front of school near bike racks)
In a press release, Judy Payne, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, said, “We applaud WKYC for their commitment to literacy and focus on strengthening our community. We know there are great kids’ books in the suburbs looking for a second life, and we’re excited to get those books to kids who need them.”
You can learn more about the Kids’ Book Bank at www.kidsbookbank.org.