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San Francisco, CA

Books On Wheels Comes to San Francisco

Thanks to First Book HQ, we're giving away 40,000 books FREE to  those who work with underserved communities in the Bay Area.   We've been asked some questions, so here come the answers:

What is it?:  40,000 FREE children's books to be given away

When is it? : Kick off at 9am on Saturday, March 1st

Where?  Sports Basement on Bryant St in San Francisco. Here's a map to help you get there.

Can anyone get free books?  No.  The books will be given to educators, community organisations and anyone who works with children and families where 70% of the population is considered 'low income'.
Great! How do I sign up?  All recipients must register for the event before you arrive.  You can sign up on the First Book HQ website here:

Who is organising this? First Book San Francisco's Local Advisory Board is working in partnership with FirstBook National, Sports Basement, the American Federation of Teachers and United Educators of San Francisco.

Anything else I need to know? Yes!  Sports Basement is giving all recipients 10% off on purchases that day AND giving First Book San Francisco 10% from all sales - that's a LOT of books for kids who don't have any. 
So don't forget to register so we can contact you to let you know when to come and see you on March 1st.  Happy Reading!

What Does First Book San Francisco Do?

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 se

rve them.

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-San Francisco 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.  

If you would like to learn more, please see Register with First Book.

For information on how to apply for a grant from our board, download the Grant Guidelines and Application.

Book Grant Recipients

A typical book grant lasts for a six month period and offers each child in the program a steady diet of books (usually one book per month), all at no cost to the program. Because program administrators select the titles from the First Book Marketplace, our book grants enable programs — often for the first time — to select books to integrate into curriculum.

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.

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