“Read to Me!” Literacy Network of New Mexico is an independent collaboration to benefit young readers in need of books and has been a ready source of new or gently-used children’s books for 20 years. THE WORK OF “READ TO ME!”
Books are collected at various locations each Spring, and pick-ups can be arranged throughout the year for large quantities. Volunteers are always welcome to help us pickup, sort, and distribute these books to programs and learning centers whose students and families need them most.
Families typically receive these free books at the (21) City Early Learning Centers, many City buses, the Railrunner, private early learning centers, hospitals, clinics, government office waiting rooms, charter schools, neighborhood association special events, and community centers. In 2019, about half of the books received were given to Title 1 reading intervention teachers to support specific students and various APS Title 1 initiatives such as Summers in the Park.
In 2020, 12,500 books were delivered to APS Title 1 for families receiving food from the “Grab N’ Go” program. Since the COVID shutdowns we have safely provided another 8,000 books to Little Free Libraries, Rio Grande Food Bank, many church groups, the NM Gas event for people receiving subsidies for their gas bills, YDI mobile libraries, and the NM Correctional Facility in Los Lunas. We have rarely had to turn down requests for children’s books, even though the pandemic reduced our donations by half.
We invite all those interested to help us collect (new ideas for collections are welcome)and distribute books, and to contact us whenever your organization needs books to give to your constituents.
Thanks for your consideration,
Dave Orner Chairman, Read to Me!, firstname.lastname@example.org
Read to Me! receives generous non-monetary assistance from the City of Albuquerque, including space for our Book Room. Sandia National Labs has been continually helpful with guidance and donations. Our all-Volunteer Committee also includes members from the ABC Library System, ABQ Reads (Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce), Rio Metro (Railrunner), ABQ Ride(City Transit “Discover a Book”), Libros for Kids (extends the Dolly Parton Imagination Project to kids in 4 zip codes for 60 months!), APS Title 1, CABQ Senior Affairs (RSVP), Kiwanis Club of Abq, and various churches. All of us work together to promote the book drive (further to beknown as the “Children’s Book Exchange”) and to sort and package the books for distribution. Volunteers from Read to Me also read to children at the State Fair, distribute to laundromats and grocery stores bilingual posters with activities for children, and provide activities for children at Cuidando Los Niños, APS schools and city preschools.