What We Do

Tucson Annual Report
January, 2017

Toby Smitt presents a classroom set of Marge Pellegrino’s book, Journey of Dreams, to students at Imago Dei Middle School in Tucson. The book about immigrant families from Central America will be used in language arts and social studies classes at the school next year.


In the last twelve months we have promoted many children’s literacy projects reaching a variety of communities in the State.
Among them are:

Manzo Elementary PACE Program
Two PACE classrooms receive books for their read at home program. Students are given a book to keep when they turn in a reading calendar at the end of each month. Starting in August the program went from 2 to  4 classrooms for a total of 64 children. We increased our donation accordingly.

Make Way For Books — Libraries Ltd. provided 100 high quality, age appropriate cloth and board books to create classroom book collections for 40 infants and toddlers.

Nogales Boys and Girls Club. This after school program serves children in Elementary through High School.  It has a small lending library. This summer a group of fourth graders was participating in the Black Stallion Project.  We donated 20 copies of the Black Stallion for each child to own and read.  We then put together a collection of fiction horse stories and non-fiction books about horses and their care.

Bisbee Boys and Girls Club—After reading a wish list in the local Bisbee paper, we bought many of the titles and donated them to their library.  Upon visiting them to give them the books, we were most impressed with their very inviting library.  We saw the need for some children’s magazines and added three to our list to give them.

Aviva Children’s Services— provides services to improve the quality of life for children who are victims of neglect, abuse, and poverty, and are in the care of the Department of Child Safety in Pima County. They provide resources for foster children that will enhance their self-esteem and well-being. We gave a variety of cloth and board books for parents to read to their children and some books for them to take home

Los Ninos del Valle Preschool in Green Valley
We donated 2 Big Book Storage units with a reading easel on the top.  These units store about 30-50 books each and are on wheels so they can be transported to different classrooms. In December we donated six sets of 3 books (Curious George, Madeline, and Corduroy) and a stuffed animal ( all purchased at Kohls) for their classrooms.

We will continue to sponsor our magazine subscriptions to 12 organizations serving children, including the Parent Connection, Las Familias, and Nogales Boys and Girls Club.

Mexicayotl Academy— a bi-lingual school, grades k-4 with 95 students. Libraries Ltd. provided story books, chapter books, non-fiction books, and bi-lingual books to help them begin a school library. We later made another donation of books in Spanish.

Reading Seed – a program in which coaches tutor children in several school districts to help the children of Pima county learn to read. Books are given to each child to take home as they learn to read.


Awesome Indeed! – A Huge Book Donation for Globe, AZ
from “Kids Need to Read” and “Libraries, Ltd.”
April, 2017

Kids need to read
“Kids Need to Read” sponsors a Grow Your Library program, offering 200 free books for a participating library,  along with a story time event and books for children in attendance to keep.
Librarian Adrea Ricke at the Globe Public Library informed us that they were in dire need of nonfiction books suitable  for school reports. The local elementary and high schools do not have their own libraries, so the public library is the only source for information. In addition to the 200 books donated by “Kids Need to Read,” an additional 150 nonfiction books were funded by a generous grant from the Libraries, Ltd. Phoenix group.

 Contributed by: Gary Mladzik
Grow Your Library Director
Mesa, Arizona


Phoenix Annual Report
January, 2017

 Sally Hurwitz
Brought several requests from the Creighton School District in Phoenix for class sets of middle school books. We provided replacements for nonfiction books that were over 30 years old for a teacher in Peoria.  Also provided books to Tolleson High School through Donors Choice, an online site that lists teachers’ needs.

Cindy Trego
Reached out to the downtown Phoenix neighborhood of Garfield through their “New Pathways to Youth” program, and supplied new titles for their library. She also purchased books for the library at Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa and Avis House, a small foster home.

Pat Heck
Continues her ongoing work with Club RIF at St. Peter’s Mission. Please see pictures under the heading “Event Photos.” She describes her annual book distribution to the 300 K-8 students on the reservation as a cultural exchange as well as a book exchange.  She has also provided books for Child Crisis Center and a homeless shelter.

Monica Goddard
Worked with the principal and teachers at Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix, providing new books for all grades. Previously provided a class set of “I Am Malala” for seniors at Bioscience High School in Phoenix.  Now this year’s senior class is using the same set to begin their study.
Southwest Human Development, a nonprofit organization focused on early child development, received books to distribute through St. Vincent’s summer food program.  They built a “Free Little Library” at St. Vincent’s for children to choose books to take home. Monica has since set up her own “Free Little Library” near her home, with books from the Friends of the Phoenix Library warehouse.
We have fulfilled several other requests for classroom sets of books in Phoenix area schools.


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