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Programs

Programs

Our innovative programs put books in the hands of children and put students on the path to success through a life-long love of reading.

Community Partner Program

Promising Pages is the leading distributor of donated children’s books in the Charlotte area. We make it easy and affordable for groups working with under-resourced children to get books at low to no cost.

  • Books are distributed through more than 150 community partners, serving children and individuals in our area.
  • 927,600+ books distributed to tens of thousands of children since 2012.
  • Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions to see if your organization qualifies.

Community Partner Program

Promising Pages is the leading distributor of donated children’s books in the Charlotte area. We make it easy and affordable for groups working with under-resourced children to get books at low to no cost.

  • Books are distributed through more than 200+ community partners, serving children and individuals in our area.
  • 927,600+ books distributed to tens of thousands of children since 2012.
  • Interested in becoming a Community Partner? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions to see if your organization qualifies.

Books on Break

Books on Break is a free program designed to provide books for children from Title I or under-resourced area schools to enjoy when school is out of session. Each spring Promising Pages goes into select schools and holds free, pop-up book fairs. Students in grades Pre-K through 5th choose 5 books to take home and read over the summer months. This program is targeted at reducing the “summer slide” children experience during the extended summer break.

For sponsorship and exclusive volunteer opportunities contact Deputy Director, Kelly Cates

Feed the Body, Feed the Mind

Similar to the book desert, there are an estimated 48,000 children who live with food insecurity. A parent shouldn’t have to choose between nourishing their child’s body and nourishing their child’s brain. Initially started as a project with the Dilworth SouthEnd Rotary Club, the Feed the Body, Feed the Mind program partners with local food banks and pantries to provide books alongside groceries and meals. We believe healthy food and books in the home are critical to a child’s development, and this program allows us to do our part in helping feed both the body and the mind.

Feed the Body, Feed the Mind

Similar to the book desert, there are an estimated 48,000 children who live with food insecurity. A parent shouldn’t have to choose between nourishing their child’s body and nourishing their child’s brain. Initially started as a project with the Dilworth SouthEnd Rotary Club, the Feed the Body, Feed the Mind program partners with local food banks and pantries to provide books alongside groceries and meals. We believe healthy food and books in the home are critical to a child’s development, and this program allows us to do our part in helping feed both the body and the mind.

Diverse Book Infusion

We have challenged ourselves and the community to collect and distribute more new, diverse books to the students we serve, more than 90% of whom are children of color. At Promising Pages, we believe that all children should see themselves represented in the books that they read. As Rudine Sims Bishop reminds us, books are not only “mirrors” reflecting a child’s own experience, but also “windows” providing insights into the lives of others. Due to the success of our initial diverse book challenge, we will continue to increase the supply of diverse books in our community. As a main source of free books for schools and student serving organizations it is our responsibility to help create a more inclusive and diverse book rich environment. Help us achieve our goal:

Bookseed

Our Bookseed Program works with organizations serving families experiencing housing instability and provides home libraries to children from birth to fifth grade. Each child self-selects 25 books to seed their home libraries. In addition, each affordable housing community receives a Reading Resource Center where children and families can select free books year-round. Reading Resource Centers will also connect parents to literacy partners, programs, & parent education opportunities. Bookseed gives families the tools to help their children grow as readers, the books for nightly bedtime stories, and the opportunity to raise children in a book-rich environment, because readers are not born, they are grown.

Bookseed

Our Bookseed Program works with organizations serving families experiencing housing instability and provides home libraries to children from birth to fifth grade. Each child self-selects 25 books to seed their home libraries. In addition, each affordable housing community receives a Reading Resource Center where children and families can select free books year-round. Reading Resource Centers will also connect parents to literacy partners, programs, & parent education opportunities. Bookseed gives families the tools to help their children grow as readers, the books for nightly bedtime stories, and the opportunity to raise children in a book-rich environment, because readers are not born, they are grown.

Bookworm Bootcamp

Bookworm Bootcamp is geared toward 1st graders, at Title I and Charter schools in Charlotte’s most underserved neighborhoods.

  • Bookworm Bootcamp was designed to build student’s home libraries, increase positive attitudes towards books & reading, and increase students’ nightly reading habits.
  • Our professional bookworms visit title I classrooms, throughout the school year teaching skills that make reading fun!
  • By the end of the program, we’ve built a classroom full of Bookworms with their very own home libraries.

Bookworm Bootcamp

Bookworm Bootcamp is geared toward 1st graders, at Title I and Charter schools in Charlotte’s most underserved neighborhoods.

  • Bookworm Bootcamp was designed to build student’s home libraries, increase positive attitudes towards books & reading, and increase students’ nightly reading habits.
  • Our professional bookworms visit title I classrooms, throughout the school year teaching skills that make reading fun!
  • By the end of the program, we’ve built a classroom full of Bookworms with their very own home libraries.

    Reading Tips from the Bookworm Bootcamp students at Reid Park

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    GET INVOLVED

    Donate Money

    Donate Books

    Donate Time

    Book Wish List

    ABOUT US

    Our Mission

    Our Vision

    Our Staff

    Board of Directors

    OUR PROGRAMS

    Community Partner Program

    Books on Break

    Feed the Body / Mind

    Diverse Book Infusion

    Bookworm Bootcamp