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First Book Response to Charlottesville


The following is a statement by Kyle Zimmer, President, CEO, and Co-founder, First Book:                   Our nation is reeling from the unrest in Charlottesville and the hateful rhetoric that is reverberating across the country. These groups and their acts of bigotry,

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First Book President and CEO awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, Mid-Atlantic

Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO and co-founder

                    Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president, CEO and co-founder, was awarded EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Mid-Atlantic Award for social entrepreneurship last week, in recognition of First Book’s nonprofit, market-driven,

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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

First Book turns 25!

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First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book Events, First Book News, Guest Blog Posts, Impact Stories, Inside First Book, Inspiring Stories, Kyle Zimmer

Our Big Year Together

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Happy holidays, from everyone at First Book! We had a big year here at First Book! I want to let you know everything we accomplished this year, and ask for your support as we continue our work to transform education

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Kyle Zimmer, Success Stories

And the winner is …

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This morning at Martha’s Table, an amazing community program serving homeless families in Washington DC, First Book distributed our 100 millionth brand-new book. (Check out this great story on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.) That’s not a typo. Since

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Events, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship, Success Stories, Volunteers

Civic Consumption: What It Is and How You Can Do It.

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At First Book, everything we do is focused on putting new books into the hands of kids in need; that’s the big idea. But there are some other important ideas that go into that. One of these is the concept

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship

Lots of Noise, But No One in the Room

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“There is a great deal of noise on the stairs but nobody comes into the room.” — John F. Kennedy President Kennedy was referencing a Chinese proverb when he said that, making the point that it was easy to talk

Posted in Education, Kyle Zimmer, Literacy, Social Entrepreneurship

Teachers Join Forces With First Book: Weingarten Challenges AFT Members to Give Five Million Books to Kids in Need

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This is our new challenge. Today I am calling on AFT members to partner with First Book to distribute five million new books this year to students in need. — Randi Weingarten, AFT president First Book was in Detroit over

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How We Can Change the World by Buying Things … Together

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A single consumer isn’t able to change much about how a given company does business. But when thousands of customers join together and speak with a single voice, corporate leaders pay attention and make changes – whether it’s revising business

Posted in Book Recipients, Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Kyle Zimmer, Marketplace, Social Entrepreneurship