Fox Valley, WI
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.
First Book Fox Valley serves local programs and provides free new books for over 300 children per month. Our goal is to extend our program to encompass additional schools or areas within the Fox Cities. The program has seen steady growth in the number of children receiving books since it’s inception in 2003.
How to Receive Books
There are three ways in which First Book distributes books: through a network of volunteer Advisory Boards located across the country, through the First Book National Book Bank, and through the First Book Marketplace.
First Book-Fox Valley provides new books to children through eligible community organizations like preschools, day care, after-school, and tutoring/mentoring programs. We accept book grant applications from local literacy programs that serve 70% or more children from low-income households. The children take home and keep the books that they receive.
First Book provides new books to children through eligible community organizations in the United States that serve children from low-income households. First Book does not provide direct financial support, nor does it provide books to individuals or to book drives. Most of the groups First Book serves are preschools, day care, after-school, and tutoring/mentoring programs.
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For information on how to apply for a grant from our board, download the Grant Guidelines and Application (doc).
Book Grant Recipients
First Book-Fox Valley has given book grants to many programs in Fox Valley, WI. Currently, students receive free books through First Book Fox Valley at YMCA and Boys and Girls Club after school programs located at Horizons, Lincoln, Columbus and Foster Elementary Schools, Appleton; the after school program at Gegan Elementary School in Menasha; Title I Pre-School programs at Foster, Edison, Lincoln, Columbus, McKinley, Highlands, Badger and Jefferson, Appleton; and at Project Bridges and Even Start preschool programs in Appleton.
Local Sponsors and Donors
We are able to provide brand-new, high-quality books to children in our community thanks to the generous financial contributions of local businesses and individuals like Borders and many others.
First Book Wants You!
We are looking for passionate, entrepreneurial people who want to make a difference in their community. Help us get books to kids who need them most.
You can contact us by sending an email.