Madison Reading Project needs help collecting children’s books for Christmas

The local non-profit's goal is 10,000 books by Dec. 15

MADISON, Wis.– From the wizarding world of Harry Potter to the magic treehouse in Jack and Annie’s backyard, the Madison Reading Project is hoping to give thousands of kids a much-needed escape this holiday season in the form of new books. But the local group needs your help to make that happen.

There is just one week left in the Project’s first-ever Community Book Drive and organizers trying to collect more than 10,000 books.

At a time when many kids are learning at home, finding access to high-quality books has become more challenging.

“We’re getting so many calls from families and organizations who don’t have books at home right now,” said Rowan Childs, Founder & Executive Director of the Madison Reading Project.

Since its inception in 2013, the Project has cemented itself as the go-to resource for more than 130 local organizations: from school districts to community groups, like the Boys & Girls Club.

“We just want to make it easy for those organizations to have the books they need instead of trying to go and figure it out themselves,” said Childs.

This month, the Project is also partnering with the Empty Stocking Club to collect and distribute 10,000 books by Christmas.

Here’s how you can help them reach that goal.

  1. Donate gently used books. You can give books your family no longer needs. The Reading Project is looking for new or like-new books for newborn babies through 18-year-old readers. You can drop them off at any of the donation stations around Dane County.
  2. Buy new books. Don’t have books at home? Click here to buy from the project’s wish list.
  3. Donate money. This is perhaps the easiest and best way to make a big impact. The Project is able to buy books at lower prices through big, bulk orders, so making a financial contribution allows the Project to get books they need at a great value. $25 covers the cost of books for an entire family. You can donate here.
  4. Serve as a donation station. The Project is looking for local businesses to open their doors as book donation stations. Businesses in high-traffic areas with indoor vestibules are best. Click here to learn more.

You have until Tuesday, Dec. 15 to give, so the project has time to deliver the books before Christmas.

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If the Madison Reading Project collects 10,000 books by year’s end, the non-profit will have amassed 60,000 total book donations in 2020.

The Project works year-round to get books in the hands of more children, and it also serves as a knowledgeable resource for book recommendations. You can find their latest list of ‘must-reads’ here.