Books 4 Kids
2020 – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we quickly mobilized to support vulnerable families in Langley
We were so touched by the swift and generous response from community members and businesses, which allowed us to ensure access to books for children and youth in Langley in the following ways:
- 425 books distributed to vulnerable students in the Langley School District
- Support to purchase books in order to create a lending library at Vanguard Secondary School in Langley, where there is currently none
This project was borne out of inequities highlighted by COVID-19. With libraries and schools closed across Langley, it became apparent that youth who may not have an abundance of books at home, coupled with no public access to literature and possibly a minimal amount of tech devices available to read online, had a significant reduction in access to literacy.
It was a terrific collaboration between the members of the Langley Literacy Network, Langley School District Staff and Teacher Librarians at various schools in Langley. One of our partners sums it up best:
“I can’t begin to express what a difference having physical books to keep will make in our family’s lives. For many, this may be the first book they will hold in months and we are very excited to giA these to students before their summer break. This donaCon came during such a challenging Cme for our families. We are currently supporCng a grab n go lunch and weekend grocery plan at our school and books will go towards creaCng a grab-n-go book program as well. Thank you for thinking of our families, this will truly make a difference for so many of our students! Gratefully, Kylie Morrison (Teacher Librarian)”