FAQ: How To Receive Books
FAQ: How To Receive Books
Community Partnership Program
Organizations We Serve
- Title I Schools in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties
- Schools that don’t qualify for Title I funding, but have a large population of under-resourced students
- 501c3 non-profit organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Child-care facilities serving under-resourced children
- Health Clinics serving patients receiving Medicaid benefits
- Public Housing facilities
- After-school and summer programs serving under resourced children
Ages We Serve
- Birth to Pre-Kindergarten
- Elementary School Students
- Middle School Students
- High School Students
- We do receive some adult books and are happy to share those with community partners serving 18+.
Can I get books for my child?
Promising Pages is not currently set up to serve families and individuals directly. If your child is in need of books, please have your child’s school or child-care facility reach out to us on your behalf.
Do you donate to community events?
Yes! If your community event benefits families, a school, or an under-resourced area of town please put in a request.
I'm a Title I teacher. May I get books for my classroom library?
Absolutely! Our Operations Manager can find a time for you and your colleagues to choose books at our Operations Center.
Do you have Spanish or bilingual books?
We receive very few donations of Spanish and bilingual books although we are always working to increase our inventory.
Do you have (insert book title here)?
Our Operation Center receives, processes, and distributes around 200,000 books a year. Occassionally we have class sets of books, but other than that we are not able to track books by title.
Are your books free?
Yes, our “gently used” books are free to all of our Community Partners. If a partner requests “like new” books only, there is a $1 per book processing fee.
Is "free" really free?
We do ask two things of our Community Partners:
1. Allow students to choose their own books whenever possible.
2. Fill out our short reporting form to help us keep track of where books are being distributed and how many children are being served.
*Brownie points if you tag us on social media when you post about your event or update your followers on students’ progress!
How do I request books?
Our online Book Request Form will be sent to you once your Community Partner status has been confirmed. You are welcome to use that link whenever you need books. If you have multiple events over a period of time, you can request books for all of your events at the same time.
How many books can I request?
That depends on how many students you serve and what you’re trying to achieve with your distribution. For example, if you serve 100 students and want to make sure they have 2-3 books to read over a break, request between 200-300 books. If a school wants to give two books to each of its 500 students to help build their home libraries, they should request around 1,100 books. We like to give a little more to provide students with some choice.
Once I request books, how long does it take to get them?
For orders under 1,000 books, the turnaround time is typically three business days. Larger orders are usually filled within five to seven business days, depending on book inventory levels. Our Operations Manager loves to plan ahead, so requests are always welcome two weeks (or more) prior to your pick up date.
Do you deliver and/or pick up?
No. We have a very small staff and are not able to deliver book orders or pick up books.
Who do I contact to become a Community Partner?
If you think your organization or school would make a good Community Partner, please email [email protected] and introduce yourself!