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Hurricane Harvey Update: An Educator’s Story

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As other parts of the country brace for the impact of upcoming hurricanes, clean up efforts after Hurricane Harvey are just beginning. Team First Book in Matagorda County has made many friends in their communities over the years. One individual

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First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and

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Louisiana Book Relief: Help Restock Flooded Libraries

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All of us at First Book have been heartbroken to learn ways recent floods in Louisiana have destroyed public libraries, school libraries, and home libraries across Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Even before the flood waters started to recede

Posted in Book Relief, For educators, From Educators For Educators

A Bucket Full of Change

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Hurricane Sandy caused much devastation to the East Coast. Families lost their homes, buildings were heavily damaged and countless children, families and schools lost libraries full of books. The students at Union Elementary School in Farmington, CT, decided to take

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First Book and AFT Bring a Truckload of Books to Hurricane Sandy Victims

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Last night, four First Book employees, with help from American Federation of Teachers’ volunteers, ventured to a small alley in the financial district of New York City to unload, label and sort 30,000 children’s books for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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New Books for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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As first-responders are working to provide these families with electricity, water, and other critical resources, First Book—in partnership with our local volunteers and partners—is raising funds to restock school and home libraries. After distributing more than 5 million books in

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Book Relief

Mary Pope Osborne and Random House Provide 4,000 New Books to Children in New Orleans

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Mary Pope Osborne, author of the popular children’s book series, Magic Tree House, and Random House Children’s Books teamed up with First Book to provide 4,000 books to children in need in 27 Recovery School District schools in New Orleans

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Coming Soon to New Orleans: Mary Pope Osborne and Random House

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Mary Pope Osborne, author of the wildly popular Magic Tree House series, and Random House Children’s Books are teaming up with First Book to provide 4,000 books to children in 27 Recovery District schools in New Orleans. On Monday and

Posted in Authors & Illustrators, Book Relief, First Book Events, First Book Partners, Philanthropy

Book Relief: More than 5 Million Books to the Gulf Coast

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On August 21, we wrapped up our two-year effort to bring five million new books to the communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. We not only met but exceeded our goal, with a total of more than 5.1

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The Coast Guard and First Book

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Many of our book distributions would not be possible without the help of the U.S. Coast Guard. As the signature charity of the Coast Guard, First Book relies on their warehouse space and volunteers to help us distribute millions of

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