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Announcing the First Book Needs Index

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We at First Book are proud to announce the First Book Needs Index: a new research tool that works to combine public and proprietary data in new ways in order to identify areas lacking resources and affecting kids in need. An interactive and dynamic

Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, FIrst Book Research, First Book Supporters, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Kyle Zimmer, Make The Most of First Book, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship

Minnesota Program Expands Library and Reading Program With 274 New Books from First Book

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The Page Education Foundation is a local nonprofit based in Minneapolis that helps young people from low-income families get to college, through financial assistance and mentoring. Those young people become Page Education Foundation Scholars, and the program requires them to

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Education, First Book Partners, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, Volunteers

First Book has eBooks!

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Invariably, when people learn about First Book and our mission of getting new books to kids in need, someone always asks: “What about electronic readers and ebooks? Why don’t you distribute those to kids from low-income families?” Good idea! We’re

Posted in Books & Reading, Marketplace, Nonprofit Technology

First Book Has a New Website!

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The following blog post is by Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president and CEO. I am thrilled to announce the dawn of a new era at First Book:  the official debut of our brand-new website! Our old site had reached “vintage”

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5,000 New Books? That Would be a Wheel Tweet

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Pi Beta Phi is one of First Book’s strongest partners; they have worked with us since 2007, and their generosity and dedication have helped us get new books into the hands of thousands of kids from low-income communities. Recently, Pi

Posted in First Book Partners, Nonprofit Technology

Join the Cheerios 6 Million Minute Read-A-Thon!

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Thanks to the Cheerios® Read-A-Thon, now when you read together with your child, you can help provide a new book to a child in need. Through the Read-A-Thon, Cheerios is encouraging individuals to pledge to read to your kids for

Posted in Books & Reading, Literacy, Nonprofit Technology, Philanthropy

Help us Receive $200,000 through Members Project from American Express and

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First Book is excited to be one of 50 cause-related charities showcased in this year’s Members Project initiative from American Express and TakePart.  Participants to the site can vote once a week for a charity, and every three months, the charity that garners the most votes

Posted in First Book Events, Literacy, Nonprofit Technology, Philanthropy

First Book Founder Kyle Zimmer Shares Stage with World Leaders

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Our own social entrepreneur and founder, Kyle Zimmer, joined world leaders in Davos for the World Economic Forum last week. She presented an IdeasLab primer on the First Book Marketplace, in a session moderated by J. Gregory Dees, Professor, Practice

Posted in Marketplace, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, Video

Bloggers Support First Book In Blogathon 2009

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Looking for a great way to raise money for a great cause such as First Book?  Several bloggers will be raising money for First Book in the upcoming Blogathon, to take place on July 25th, 2009.  If you are unfamiliar

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Events, Nonprofit Technology, Philanthropy

Follow First Book on Twitter

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Stay connected to all that’s happening at First Book by following us on Twitter – a site for friends, family and fans to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are

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