12 Days of Giving 2016 -Inland Empire Children's Book Project

By Megan McClain

Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.

Day Seven - Inland Empire Children's Book Project

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Even though libraries share their books for free, there is nothing like opening a book that is yours to keep. For local disadvantaged kids, there is an organization that provides the gift of a book to be read over and over.

The Inland Empire Children’s Book Project is a non-profit organization that provides books to children ages through age 18. They include board books, picture storybooks, early readers, chapter books, fiction and nonfiction in good condition.


Currently in the start-up phase, it is serving San Bernardino City Unified School District teachers with books for children in need. Teachers can receive an invitation to browse the wares, taking books back to their students to keep for free. It is modeled after another successful book project, the East Bay Children’s Book Project, and has plans to expand its area of reach.

Since last year, it has given more than 20,000 books for children to keep.

A donation of $35 buys books for an entire classroom, and donations can be given monthly if desired. The IECBP also accepts donations of books and will offer assistance and materials to help those who wish to organize a book drive.

The organization is run completely by volunteers.

For more information, visit IECBP’s website and connect via their Facebook and Twitter.