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INSPIRING PROJECTS BY
INSPIRED PEOPLE

Bags of Books

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bagsofbooks.org

Alexa Grabelle

Voorhees, NJ | 15

2016 AWARD RECIPIENT

I love seeing the countless smiles and receiving hugs from ecstatic teachers and enthusiastic students.

Bags of Books is a program that collects new and gently used books at collection sites, including schools, religious institutions and businesses, and distributes them to children in low-income communities. In five years, founder Alexa Grabelle has engaged hundreds of volunteers, including teachers, students and service organization members, to assist in collecting, sorting and distributing more than 75,000 books to students in need. Bags of Books hosts “pop-up” book stores in schools, where students select books and take them home to kick-start their own personal libraries. Bags of Books has also donated thousands of books to under-resourced school and community libraries.