Launching Libraries

Launching Libraries 2017: We are partnering with SPEF and together will create a taking library at Stillmeadow Elementary School in Stamford. This will allow students to take any books they want and not have to return them!  We want to help them create their own libraries at home.  In addition, we will be working with the 5th graders at Stillmeadow to lead this project and share their love of reading with the younger students at school.  We are looking for 3 rolling book carts so the students can bring books to all the class rooms and share all these great books we collect!

So we encourage you to start collecting gently used elementary school books. If you love books and want to help start a book project please attend a KHK orientation! We will be having drop off points in April and we will have a day to sort and organize these books.  If you love reading, there are many opportunities to read with other elementary students after school!  If interested look at our tutoring opportunities or contact us with any questions!

current projects - launching libraries

Launching Libraries 2015:  We partnered with the Bridgeport Child Care Learning Center where we are in the beginning stages of building a small library for their community.  If you love reading and want to help us start some gently used book collections please contact us as we put our team together. Ted M., our lead ambassador received a  small grant to help us cover the costs of building the bookcases and we have the PenStar Series team leading as well!  The month of October is a perfect time to clean out closets and collect gently used baby books, elementary and middle school books to fill the shelves in a new library we are building in Bridgeport. Ask your neighbors, church, temple, sports team and school to help!

We have collected and placed over 80,000 books since we started 6 years ago!

 What Can a Book Donation Do?

  • Rural school libraries desperately need books so children can take books to read at home.
  • American students learn the difficulties of getting an education in Africa and are empowered to help by donating their own supplies and corresponding with children in sister schools.
  • Teacher morale  and retention in participating African schools has dramatically increased.
  • Reading tests results have increased from 5% passing to 60% passing in many schools.
  • More students are qualifying for universities.

A few words from members…   “We  got involved with Kids Helping KIds in October 2011 when they came to our after school program and we enrolled in a workshop called, Turn Your Passion into Action. We initiated a holiday party for kids at the NEON center and it was so great seeing our passion and ideas transform into action.  Sarahfina Strackman explained, “We created our second project around food hunger and Launching Libraries is our third project.”  We know lots of kids do not have books and we want to get books into their hands to help educate them.”  said Smana Seradieu.  Melissa Gabrielle added that, “It does not take much time to help and we enjoy getting together and helping make a difference in the lives of other kids. All three teens are 11th graders at Norwalk HIgh School.