Our ProgramWhen invited by a school district or principal we arrange for small group presentations for teachers on ZOOM. Sample books are shown and we share ways teachers can enhance classroom activities through use of the public library and other local sources. We take sample books for teachers to choose from. We explain the development of our diversity list and share ways teachers can enhance classroom activities through use of the public library and other local sources. We solicit teacher input. The participating teachers fill out a book request form that includes an agreement that the books stay in the classroom if the teacher leaves. We research the best cost for books. We collaborate with national organizations and very small presses (disabilities, Indigenous) who often provide reduced rates or free books for our program. We order new or gently used books at reduced rates not generally available to public school systems. Our average cost per book is $8-$10, far less than schools pay.
Our 100% volunteer 501c organization has four board members who provide policy direction and oversight to one full-time staff and 30+ volunteers. We are working to build an Advisory Council that will represent our major areas of diversity.