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How It Works

At Books for Keeps, we know that literacy-rich environments start with access to great books. And we know that the story doesn't end there.


Starting with Book Access

Books for Keeps was established with a core belief in mind: by creating open, equal access to books, we allow children the opportunity to connect the joy of reading with the thrill of discovery by coauthoring positive experiences they can forever associate with learning.

Since starting as a volunteer-led, grassroots program in 2009, Books for Keeps has distributed more than 1,195,000 books to children, teachers, fellow peer agencies, and other individuals in Georgia through its flagship program Stop Summer Slide, community-based events, book donations, and the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Clarke County.

Supporting the rest of the story

Since 2022, Books for Keeps has committed to expanding book access and literacy support for younger readers through our Pre-K Book Bundle Program and

deepening our impact by engaging our community in supporting literacy through opportunities like the

Literacy Mentors Program.

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BFK's Areas of Focus


high-interest, relevant reading materials throughout the community we serve. Read more about our Book Access for All Programs here.


the inherent value of books, literacy, and learning through the equitable delivery of community engagement activities. Read more about our Community Engagement Programs here.


our staff experience, adaptability, and book resources to help other local community service organizations fulfill missions that align with our own core values. One example of these partnerships is through our Literacy Mentor Program.

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