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The Black Book Project

Meredith McKinney is a Book’em board member and volunteer, Metro Schools employee, and mother who noticed the urgent need for diverse representation in children’s literature. In response, she launched the Black Book Project in April 2020 to collect books featuring black characters for children who would otherwise not have access to books that represent them. …

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Welcome to the Great Summer of Reading!

Welcome to the Great Summer of Reading! Earlier this year, Book’em was contacted by the team at Parnassus Books and Ann Patchett – local author, literacy champion, and co-owner of Parnassus Books – with concerns about the pandemic’s impact on our community’s children, especially in the area of literacy. Using Parnassus’s connections and resources, Book’em …

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Book’em Is Seeking a New Home!

Book’em is seeking a new home! Do you know of any commercial space that would be a good fit for a growing non-profit? As Book’em continues to grow, we are seeking a new home in Nashville, TN that will accommodate our needs. In 2020, 130,000+ books were handled by Book’em staff and volunteers. We have …

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Grade Level Reading Week

Welcome to Grade Level Reading Week!  This summer we’re excited to be celebrating Grade Level Reading Week. Starting Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17, we’ll be sharing information and activities that promote grade-level reading. Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of the third grade enables students to shift from learning to read and reading to learn, …

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June Updates

What’s Happening: June 2020 Summer Reading June came and went pretty quickly this year, but we still got a bunch of books out into the community. We had over 20 schools and organizations request books through the month of June and provided over 5,100 books! Organizations like Cole Elementary, Haywood Elementary, Robert Churchwell Elementary, East Nashville Hope Exchange, …

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Meet Lisa Link: Photographer, former educator, and “do it all” Book’em volunteer

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Lisa Link! Lisa started volunteering with Book’em about four years ago when she moved to Nashville,and is now involved in just about every way possible. She’s a Reading for Reading volunteer, RIF reader, RIF book transporter, Books for Nashville’s Kids book processor and photographer for all of our …

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Meet Mark Claypool: Former Book’em Board President, CEO of ChanceLight® Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education, Adopt-a- Classroom Book’em Sponsor

Mark, ChanceLight®, and Book’em Mark Claypool’s first visit to his RIF classroom ten years ago was certainly not his first encounter with changing the lives of disadvantaged youth. Mark’s heart for helping children extends back to his days as a social worker for children in foster care homes. After recognizing the inadequacy of services intended to …

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