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Greater Lansing, MI

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.

Formed in 2012, the Greater Lansing Advisory Board consists of committed volunteers eager to make a positive impact on literacy in our community.  In two short years, the Greater Lansing Advisory Board has completed two grant cycles and provided approximately 4,000 books to children in need.  To stay up to date with the Greater Lansing Advisory Board, follow us on Twitter ( and Facebook. (

Studies have decisively shown that access to books at home has a direct correlation to reading achievement. Children in poverty possess little or no access to reading material in their homes. Cost is the biggest barrier to book ownership and the primary impediment to reading achievement.  You can help... all it takes is $2.50 to buy a book. For $25, you can build a library. Give a book - give a smile. Please, make an online donation.

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 individuals and local businesses.  If you are able to help our cause, please consider making an online donation today.

Book Grant Recipients

First Book-Greater Lansing has given book grants to several programs in the Greater Lansing area.  See who we have funded here.

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-Greater Lansing please contact using the link below.

First Book-Greater Lansing in the News

Lansing State Journal (May 19, 2014) “Nonprofit Spotlight: First Book - Greater Lansing provides age-appropriate books to low income kids”  (link article title to

WKAR Neighbors in Action:  First Book (May 8, 2013)

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