Host a Book Drive

As part of KOREH L.A.’s mission to ensure that the children of Los Angeles can read and succeed, our Book Initiative works in a variety of ways to put more books in the hands of students.

Why host a book drive?

More than half of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) 3rd graders read below grade level. Illiteracy has been shown to have devastating effects on an individual’s life and society as a whole. The more a child has access to books, the more likely they are to learn to read. KOREH L.A. distributes books to LAUSD elementary school students in need. Your book donation can help to:

  • Promote literacy
  • Help a child build their home library
  • Foster a love of reading!

Who can host a book drive?

Anyone! In the past, our book donors have included teenagers and bar or bat mitzvah recipients completing service projects, school classrooms, synagogues, churches, men’s and women’s groups, families, individuals, and current KOREH L.A. volunteers.

What kinds of books does KOREH L.A. look for?

Any book that is appropriate for an elementary school student can be donated to KOREH L.A. We prefer books that are in new or like-new condition for our readers, as these books will be given as gifts to students in our program. Some of the books in highest demand include:

  • Classic picture books (e.g. books by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Mo Willems, etc.)
  • Simple chapter books (e.g. Junie B. Jones, Cam Jansen, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Fly Guy, The Magic Tree House, etc.)

What are some ideas for hosting a successful book drive?

  • Collect books in lieu of gifts at a birthday party or bar or bat mitzvah, and use the books as centerpieces for the tables.
  • Host a literacy-themed dinner party and ask guests to bring a book as a “ticket” to enter the party.
  • Make the book drive competitive. Split into groups, name each group, and throw a party for the group or classroom that collects the most books.
  • Hold the book drive over a period of 1-3 weeks to allow time for people to hear about the book drive. Send emails, make phone calls, create flyers, share on social media, and ask community leaders like principals, librarians, and religious leaders to help spread the word.
  • Choose a convenient location for people to donate. Some great locations are schools, libraries, community centers, or booths at local events.
  • Consider holding your book drive during a literacy-themed holiday such as Banned Books Week in September, Read Across America Day in March, or Children’s Book Week in May.

I’ve collected books. Now what?

Please call us at 323-761-8153 to arrange a time to drop off books at the offices of the Jewish Federation:

6505 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Good luck with your book drive, and thank you for helping KOREH L.A. in its mission to foster a love of reading across Los Angeles!

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