Educational Institutions

Booksfirst

  • Lambert, MS
  • www.booksfirst.org

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Mission Statement

BooksFirst works to help children learn to love reading. There are thousands of talented teachers around the country, who simply lack the resources to teach their children how to read well. Classrooms in America's poorest areas often have only old, torn up books; some scarcely have any at all. BooksFirst works with more affluent communities to collect both new and 'gently used', like-new books (the ones that your children might have read and are now finished with), sorts them, and donates full classroom libraries to teachers and school in under-resourced areas. To accomplish this, we partner with schools, civic minded groups and other community based organizations to host book drives, which collect new and gently used books. Our current priorities are the Mississippi Delta and the Appalachian region of West Virginia, two of America's poorest areas, and two areas where very few other nonprofits operate.

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ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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Nichole DeSimone

Keywords

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Book Donation, Books, Used Books, Teachers, Classroom Resources

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EIN

20-1403599

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

We partner with schools, community organizations, religious groups, and other organizations to run book drives in relatively affluent parts of the country. We then sort these books and distribute these books to classrooms in low-income communities where passionate teachers lack the resources they need to effectively inspire their children to become lifelong readers. We only donate books in excellent condition, and we always donate at least 250 books to any given classroom - enough to build an effective classroom library. Additional, we provide resources that help teachers use these books more effectively, such as our online book-leveler tool.

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Booksfirst

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Principal Officer

Nichole DeSimone

Governance

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