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Grants for public libraries to help build their collections. Many of these came from this article, "Search for Free Books" Updated 2/10/2016

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,

3. 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,

4. 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,

5. 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,

6. 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,

7. 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,

8. 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,

a. Hachette Book Grants, donate 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,

b. Penguin Random House,

9. 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.

Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audio books, and recordings from children's trade publishers. The materials are primarily for children age birth through fourteen and are submitted to ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration. After each ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, these materials (published in the preceding year) need to be removed from the ALSC office to make room for a new year of publications.

The Bookapalooza Program was created to find new homes for these materials. ALSC will select three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. Since ALSC receives such a wide variety and assortment of materials, we are unable to guarantee the format and quality of content of all materials provided. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2016

10. 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. Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST) Grant Announcement: May 12, 2016 Maximum Grant Amount: $3,000

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
   Deadline to apply: May 19, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST)
   Grant Announcement: September 1, 2016
   Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000

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

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.'