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Young Diplomat Killed While Bringing Books to Kids

Young Diplomat Killed Bringing New Books to Kids in Need

Yesterday morning, Andrew Meyer, the operations manager for the First Book Marketplace, sent an email to the First Book staff sharing his thoughts about Anne Smedinghoff, a young foreign service officer killed in Afghanistan while bringing books to children in

Posted in Inside First Book

First Book Supports 50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs. (Yes! 50,000!)

50,000 Local Schools and Community Programs in the First Book Network

Last year First Book made it a goal to reach more kids in need by doubling the number of local schools and community programs in our national network, from 25,000 to 50,000. We’ve reached that number! Over 50,000 Title I

Posted in Inside First Book, Opportunities for You

[INFOGRAPHIC] First Book’s Big Year

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* Click on the graphic to see a bigger, snazzier version. Learn more about how First Book provides new books to kids in need, and how you can get involved, at

Posted in Book Distributions, Book Recipients, First Book Supporters, Success Stories, Volunteers

“Kids Can Have Their Own Books in Their Own Houses”

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The thing that I like about First Book is that kids can have their own books in their own houses that their parents can read to them, and, later, that they can read themselves. — Jane Greene, First Book supporter

Posted in Books & Reading, First Book Partners, Philanthropy, Success Stories

One Million Books in Just Ten Days: Minneapolis!

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First Book staff and volunteers are working overtime this week to distribute over one million brand-new books to schools and programs serving kids in need across the country. This week, we have a team in Seattle, distributing 350,000 new books,

Posted in Book Distributions, First Book Events, First Book Partners, National Book Bank, Teachers, Volunteers

One Million Books in Just Ten Days

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UPDATES! Pictures! Cute Kids, Smiling Volunteers and Boxes of Books How Things Went in Seattle How Things Went in Minneapolis How Things Went in Milwaukee The Final Tally Want to get involved in our next book distribution? Click here to

Posted in Book Distributions, National Book Bank, Volunteers

What Is Social Entrepreneurship? (And Why First Book Is Such a Good Example)

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A social entrepreneur is someone who sees a social problem — like hunger, homelessness or lack of access to clean water — and looks for ways to solve it. Unlike more traditional business entrepreneurs, who are trying to generate profits,

Posted in Education, Kyle Zimmer, Literacy, Social Entrepreneurship

It’s Not Too Late to Give New Books to Kids in Need

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Sunday is New Year’s Day, which means a lot of taking stock, figuring out what you want to do and how to finish all the things you meant to do last year. We hope that one of the things you

Posted in Books & Reading, Philanthropy, Volunteers

It’s Not Too Late! You Can Provide New Books for Kids in Need This Christmas

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First Book distributed eight million brand-new books to kids in need this year. That’s a LOT of books, and those books have the power to change a lot of lives. And, with your help, we want to do even more

Posted in Book Recipients, First Book Partners, Literacy, Philanthropy