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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 our inaugural year, the Greater Lansing Advisory Board plans to assist Frist Book in meeting its 20th Anniversary goals to recruit new volunteers, sign up schools and programs and raise funds for new books for children in need.

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.

Our Advisory Board's goal our first year is to raise funds for the purchase of at least 2,100 books to put in the hands of children. 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.

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-Greater Lansing 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 (doc).

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.

Contact Us

You can contact us by sending an email.

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