I’m volunteering today and tomorrow at the Children’s Book Bank in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be spending the day cleaning and repairing “gently used” books which will then be given to families in need. I love reading, and my “To Be Read” stack is always taller than I am. Books are magical. So to me, this is a fabulous volunteer opportunity.
What staggers me are some of the statistics. These numbers are for the United States, where we have a free public library system. Unfortunately, we also have a large number of families living in poverty. The deck is stacked against a child raised in low income households. Here are some of the statistics the Children’s Book Bank reports:
- In low income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children.
- A child from a low-income family enters first grade with an average of only
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