The East Bay Children’s Book Project has been a wonderful help to me during the last seven
years that I have been working in the Oakland Public School Libraries.
In order to stay reasonably up-to-date and keep the children engaged, a school library needs
a constant influx of new books. Funding only comes at certain times, and even then must often
be used for things other than books. The East Bay Children’s Book Project is a fabulous
source of free books.
Their well-organized and ever-changing collection goes from board books through middle
school, fiction and non-fiction, and they always have some books that are brand new. I go
there almost every week and bring back an average of 30 books each time. Five or six of
those are usually entered into the school library, and the rest are given as rewards and incentives
to the children to keep on reading and return their library books on time.
In an era of uncertain finances for schools and families, the gift of free books from the East Bay
Children’s Book Project is a godsend.
Burckhalter Elementary School