They are really excited and they ONLY asked me 12 times last week when they could go pick out a book. We talked about RESPONSIBILITY and good stewardship. We talked about how it will build friendships and they’re excited to be able to create new friendships through the books on the Homebound shelf.
— Sara Damron-- 3rd Grade Teacher at East Ridge Elementary

Our mission is to place bookshelves overflowing with books in local Elementary schools in order to provide all children with a "no strings attached" way to have a book at home every night. 

East Ridge Elementary Project #1

On Thursday March 2nd, we installed our first shelf in East Ridge Elementary. Excited was an understatement. It brought tears to our eyes seeing this tiny little dream finally become a reality after months of hard work. We are so thankful for all of the help and support from friends and family. We were also blown away by the hospitality and trust that East Ridge showed us. We are thankful they put their trust in a brand new program. 

On Monday March 6th, we went back to East Ridge to see how the shelf was going and to get some quotes from students, teachers, and administrators... here are the results so far:

Quotes from the Kiddo's:

It’s actually good because if a little kid wants to read, their parents can help with the easier one, like Dr. Suess! It’s like a library, but you can bring it back even the next day and get a brand new book to take home.
— Jaelyn-- 4th Grade
This shelf is like a hallway library but I can choose any book and bring it back when I am ready for a new one. Also, I like that there are easier ones so I can take it home and read to my sister. SUPERRRR AWESOME
— Malachi-- 3rd Grade
I like it because it has cool books and I’m excited to be able to take them home every night.
— Makayla-- 3rd Grade
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Quotes from Administration:

We’re excited to have it. I’ve already seen the kids come down and they’re all very excited. The teachers think it’s cute and we all believe that it’ll be a huge benefit.
— Gail Huffstutler-- East Ridge Elementary Principal
I think it’s a great opportunity to share books with our students who might not have books at home. Any initiative that empowers students to read, but also provides them something to read, is powerful.
— Juan Moreno-- East Ridge Elementary Vice Principal

Brown Academy Project #2

On May 10th we placed our second HomeBoundBooks shelf inside Brown Academy. This day was a little different--- we got to spend an entire day having a HomeBound kick off! We were given the opportunity to read to every grade level and explain how the shelf works. We are so thankful to all of the teachers for taking some time our of their busy schedules to allow their students to come to the library. Once again, the excitement and trust that Brown Academy has shown in our brand new program is truly heartening. By the end of the day all students were informed of the shelf and left with a sticker that says "I'm bringing reading home!" 

We are excited to see the results. 


Barnes & Noble Book Fair Fundraiser

Barnes and Noble partnered with HomeBoundBooks during the weekend of May 19th. They put on a book fair fundraiser for three whole days. Anyone who mentions us at check out allowed a percentage of their purchase to go towards helping us buy brand new books. We were able to receive a $500 gift card to be used to buy brand new books for our shelves! We are so thankful for the opportunity and can't wait to do some book shopping!

On Sunday, May 21st we were able to partner with Girls Read Tour during the book fair fundraiser. The three ladies spent the day at Barnes and Noble doing a book signing and talking to the guests. It was such a pleasure being able to meet these talented authors. They all gave one of their books for the shelf and wrote a special note to the readers. It was a great weekend. 


Project #3: East Lake Elementary   On October 23rd, East Lake Elementary had a HomeBoundBooks kick off night at their PTA meeting-- we had a blast! They had a very special guest, Luis Suriano, who created the Biblioburro traveling library in Columbia over  twenty  years ago. He read a books written about his story to all of the children and then we were able to watch him hold the hard copy version of  his  book for the very  first  time-- it was truly inspiring.   A  HUGE  thanks to East Lake for allowing our shelf to be part of their school!

Project #3: East Lake Elementary

On October 23rd, East Lake Elementary had a HomeBoundBooks kick off night at their PTA meeting-- we had a blast! They had a very special guest, Luis Suriano, who created the Biblioburro traveling library in Columbia over twenty years ago. He read a books written about his story to all of the children and then we were able to watch him hold the hard copy version of his book for the very first time-- it was truly inspiring. 

A HUGE thanks to East Lake for allowing our shelf to be part of their school!


***Update: In June, we received a very exciting email from East Lake:   "I just wanted to report to you an exciting statistic that you help achieve!  Last year, of our students at East Lake Elementary, 29.8 were reading on grade level. This year, 50.5 students are reading on grade level!  We still have so much work to do, but this kind of gain is monumental, and we want to recognize the part your shelves & your books have played in this! I just met with our principal this morning, and as we talked about plans for next year, she brought up your shelves & how positively students responded to them! We had trouble keeping the shelves stocked, which we think is a great problem to have! Thank you so much for helping get books into our kids hands, and most of all for helping them fall in love with reading.   Many thanks for this and all you are doing! Audrey Menard"   

***Update: In June, we received a very exciting email from East Lake:


"I just wanted to report to you an exciting statistic that you help achieve!

Last year, of our students at East Lake Elementary, 29.8 were reading on grade level. This year, 50.5 students are reading on grade level!

We still have so much work to do, but this kind of gain is monumental, and we want to recognize the part your shelves & your books have played in this! I just met with our principal this morning, and as we talked about plans for next year, she brought up your shelves & how positively students responded to them! We had trouble keeping the shelves stocked, which we think is a great problem to have! Thank you so much for helping get books into our kids hands, and most of all for helping them fall in love with reading. 

Many thanks for this and all you are doing!
Audrey Menard"