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Grants for public libraries to help build their collections. Many of these came from this article, "Search for Free Books" by Rachel Walker, Reading Rockets.

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Baker & Taylor/YALSA Collection Development Grant
To award $1,000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Up to two grants will be awarded annually,

First Book
First Book is a national nonprofit that has provided more than 90 million new books to children in need. In neighborhoods across the country, First Book unites leaders from all sectors of the community to identify and support community-based literacy programs reaching children living at or below the poverty line and provide them with grants of free books,

Kids Need to Read
To help underfunded communities create a culture of reading, Kids Need to Read accepts requests for books from libraries, schools, and various literacy programs,

Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to educational institutions and non-profit tax-exempt organizations. As most of the books have been turned over to the Library of Congress by other Federal agencies, the collection usually contains only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels,

Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries provides new children's books to help fill bookshelves for small, grass-roots organizations that work with low-income children in underserved communities and provide books to children who may never have had books to call their own,

Literacy Empowerment Foundation
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF) is dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing LEF program that distributes free books in sets of 100 books to literacy programs,

Books for Kids Foundation
Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and partners with literacy programs to help young children develop the critical early foundation and skills they need to be successful in life,

Roads to Reading
With a special focus on rural and small communities, Roads to Reading serves organizations across the country by providing new books for remedial literacy programming to schools, community centers, and licensed child care providers and to other non-profits serving children,

Scholastic Book Grants
The Scholastic Book Grants Program is a corporate in-kind giving initiative that provides high-quality reading materials to children and families in need,

Hachette Book Grants
Hachette donates more than 100,000 copies annually, from a single signed copy for a fundraiser to large quantities for a struggling school district or library system,

Penguin Random House

Bookpalooza by ALSC (Association of Library Services for Children a division of the American Libraries Association)
Bookapalooza Program will offer select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways, []

Dollar General Literacy Grants
(2 grants: Summer Reading and Youth Literacy)

a. Summer Reading Grants provide funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities.

b. Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs.

Target Reading Education Grants
Target grants to nonprofit organizations and schools have helped them make a bigger impact on literacy and student achievement,

Better World Books Literacy Grants
Better World Books Literacy Grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects - the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education,

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants
Public education is one of the greatest legacies of our country, one that benefits children from every walk of life. For Keats, it was at public school that he received his greatest encouragement to pursue his vocation as an artist. And the public library was a haven that introduced him to the wonders of art history,

Libri Foundation
The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $6.5 million worth of new children's books to more than 3,300 libraries in all 50 states,