The Libri Foundation
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The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $6.5 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,300 libraries in all 50 states.
The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, expand their horizons.
For many children in rural areas, the local public library is often their primary source of reading material. Many rural schools either have no library or the library is inadequate to meet the needs of the students. At a time when more and more children and their parents and teachers are using the public library, these same libraries are facing increasing financial hardships and are unable to buy the books their young readers need.
The Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because we believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $200 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.
The local librarian, familiar with the needs of the library and the community, selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 600-title booklist, which has been highly praised by participating librarians for the quality and variety of fiction and nonfiction titles offered. The majority of books have been published within the last three years, but old favorites are also offered. All of the books have been highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields.
The books donated through the BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program are used for storytelling; toddler, preschool, and after-school programs; summer reading programs; "book buddy" programs in which older children read to younger children; holiday programs; teacher check-out and curriculum support; early childhood development programs; school projects and to just provide children with a "good read."
The Libri Foundation is no longer accepting donations. We thank everyone who has supported us over the past 25 years and made it possible for Libri to donate over $6.5 million worth of new children's books to over 3,300 libraries in all 50 states. If you would like to continue to help rural children have access to quality books, we encourage you to support The Pilcrow Foundation which was established to continue Libri's legacy.
Although The Libri Foundation is no longer accepting donations, it is still awarding BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants to rural public libraries and will continue to do so through 2016.
Please feel free to contact either The Pilcrow Foundation or The Libri Foundation about this change.
Barbara J. McKillip, President/Treasurer
Please address all correspondence to: Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President.
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Updated July 2015.