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-Greater Springfield has a simple mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Our local advisory board was established in December of 2008 and we have already provided over 2,500 books to children in our community.
You can help us reach children with books. With a $10 donation, we are able to purchase 5 books for a child in our community. A $50 donation will provide a new book for every child in a classroom.
Book Grant Recipients
First Book-Greater Springfield has given book grants to many programs in Greater Springfield area, including all communities in Sangamon County. Read the current list of recipients.
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.
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.