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.
The First Book-Sioux Falls Advisory Board is a project of the members of The History Club of Sioux Falls. This History Club has been active in philanthropic activates in Sioux Falls since 1879, serving the community as a club whose members have always been dedicated to the ideals of promoting education and literacy in our community. The History Club was instrumental in the formation of the first public library in Sioux Falls.
First Book- Sioux Falls serves underserved children of Minnehaha County, including the cities/ towns of Sioux Falls and Brandon. The History Club also has volunteer relationships with a magnet English Language Learner school in Sioux Falls; Longfellow Elementary School, our clubhouses’ neighborhood school. Members of the club support Longfellow’s Reading Recovery Program and serve in other volunteer capacities there. Spending time with the children in this wonderful school has convinced us of the need for getting books into the hands of as many of these children as possible. Books that they can own, allowing them to read a book over and over at home to their parents and younger sisters and brothers. A book that is theirs.
Through the formation of a First Book-Sioux Falls Advisory Board we can make this a reality. We invite participation by other groups, businesses, and individuals, and we ask you to join us in our mission to make First Book work for the children in our city and South Dakota.
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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 Sioux Falls 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
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.
Donor List - 2012
Recipient Groups for 2012: 2,184 Books to 421 Children
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. To learn more about volunteering with First Book Sioux Falls, please contact using the link below.
You can contact us by sending an email.