What We Do

KINGMAN ANNUAL REPORT – 2020

Libraries, Ltd. donated 17 boxes of new books purchased from Gardner’s Book Service for use in Kingman school libraries. District Librarian Joan Abraham reports that most of them are sets of recent winners of the Grand Canyon Readers Award, along with other recommended new titles. She is currently cataloging all the books, which will be distributed to all district elementary, middle, and high school libraries. She enjoys reading and sharing many of them with family members. Many of the books for the elementary level have accompanying lessons for classroom use.

The KABAM book festival, originally scheduled for October, 2020, has been postponed until further notice.

PHOENIX ANNUAL REPORT – 2020

Our projects included books for preschool to high school. We funded class sets for teachers as well as books for children in foster care. 

Cindy Trego once again worked with Avi House to provide books requested by the residents as well as Maggie’s Place a shelter for women and children.  She and her family also delivered books to Cardon Children’s Hospital as well as the children’s section of the Arizona Burn Center. 

Sally Hurwitz worked with the Family School to meet their request for hard cover books as well as with CW Harris Elementary for a class set of “The Hate You Give.”   Monica Goddard found a number of book requests from teachers on” Donors Choose” which we were able to fund for 13 elementary and high school classrooms in the Valley

Once again we were able to fund along with ” Kids Need to Read” the wonderful efforts of Gary and Tina Mlodzik who delivered books to 200 Sky View Elementary School students in Peoria, in conjunction with a visit by authors Nate Evans and Amy Fellner Dominy  that KNR and the Mlodziks helped fund. 

Pat Heck received funding and purchased books for her great RIF efforts, but because of COVID-19 all her distributions to the St Peter’s Indian Mission School on the Gila reservation and the Mesa homeless shelter are postponed until the distribution can be planned safely.

Included in this report is the distribution of our allocation for the Barbara Parks Memorial Literacy Grant. The $5000 allocated by the board was used to fund books for school libraries at the following statewide locations. The individual grants were for $500 and administered thru Gardner books and the Phoenix group.


Julia Randall Elementary (Payson)

Diamondback School   (Bullhead City)

Ft. Mohave Elementary  (Mohave Valley)

Del Rio Elementary  (Chino Valley)

Lake Valley Elem.  (Humboldt)

West Sedona School    (Sedona/Oak Creek)

Desert Mesa Elem.   (Yuma)

Sunrise Elem.  (Yuma)

Submitted by Monica Goddard

TUCSON ANNUAL REPORT – 2020

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

Among them are:

The Tohono O’odham Love of Reading month- We supplied books for 11 distribution sites throughout the Tohono O’odham Nation. Tribal leaders and Elders read stories at each distribution, pizza dinner was offered and each child received a book. We provided 450 books for about 450 children and adults. Unfortunately, due to the covid pandemic only 9 of the sites were visited before the shut down in Arizona.

Intermountain Academy- is a private school for autistic children K-12. 90 children.  We provided monthly classroom magazines on social studies issues from Scholastic for 50 children through May and recently donated magazine subscriptions and lightly used books given us through a private donor.

Manzo Elementary PACE Program

Four PACE classrooms, with a total of 60 children, received 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. During the pandemic the children have kept up their reading calendars each month and are given a book with their monthly packet.

Make Way For Books — Libraries Ltd. provided the funding for books and support to implement programming with young children and their families. In the “Online Storytime/Cuentos en Linea Program” over 700 books were distributed to children and families in this two-generation program.  We funded a second project, The Make Way For Kindergarten Project with Make Way for Books this year. 23 families and 34 children got a boost for Kindergarten “Readiness”.

We continue to sponsor our magazine subscriptions to 8 organizations serving over 1000 children, including the Our Family Services, in Tucson, Los Ninos Del Valle in Green Valley, The  Early Learning Center in Arivaca and in Nogales, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz. Two of our former Institutions no longer provide services because of Covid 19.

Aviva—Is dedicated to helping children in the care of the Department of Child Safety. We provided books and corelating stuffed animals purchased at Kohl’s for parents and children when they participate in family visits

Los Niños Del Valle– An Intergenerational Preschool for children age 2 – Kindergarten. We provided funds to equip an outdoor library in their “outdoor classroom” where children are read to and practice literacy skills.

Arivaca Early Learning Center – A community Pre-school in the small southern Arizona town of Arivaca.They serve 40-50 children ages 6 months – 5 years. We provided books to support literacy in their gardening project.

The Copper Queen Library, Bisbee, Arizona- We provided funds to support their” Kids Need To Read- Grow Your Own Library” Event.

Lutheran Social Services – We provided sports, picture books and multicultural books for refugee children.

More Than A Bed – a nonprofit organization that provides for foster and adoptive families with items such as car seats, shoes, blankets, etc. Our donation of books for children ages birth -18 went to their library.

Sapori School in Amado – we funded shelving for a library in a first grade classroom for which we had given books last year.

Amphi School District Libraries-We provided 32 books for 3 Libraries.

Worlds of Words Library, University of Arizona College of Education– We supplied funding for a special program called Teen Reading Ambassador Initiative. This Initiative offers teens an opportunity to explore books in ways they rarely experience in other contexts.  Teens read a book and then invite the author and other teens to a discussion meeting. Authors are Arizona based.  During the pandemic the meetings are done virtually.

Literacy Connects- We donatedschool supplies for children to use in online classes.