Launching Libraries

What Can a Book Donation Do?

  • Children who read often and widely get better at it.
  • Reading exercises our brain.
  • Reading improves focus and concentration.
  • Reading teaches children about the world around them.
  • Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
  • Reading develops a child’s imagination.
  • Reading helps children to develop empathy.
  • Reading develops better writing skills.
  • Reading improves analytical thinking skills.
  • Reading is also fun.

We have collected and placed over 100,000 books since we started 8 years ago!

This year our book drive will benefit the students at Davenport Ridge Elementary School!

Goal           To “Launch Libraries” in the homes of Davenport Ridge School students

Help         Collect/donate gently used children’s books preK- 5th grade reading levels

Drop Off Locations:

AAA,1115 High Ridge Road, Stamford; Bankwell, 612 Bedford Street, Stamford; Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive S., Stamford; Davenport Ridge School, 1300 Newfield Ave, Stamford; Dr. Robert Goldman, 1200 High Ridge Rd, Stamford; Stamford Toy Store, 970 High Ridge Rd, Stamford; The  Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave, Stamford

Collection Dates Monday, May 7- Friday, May 25

Our Annual Launching Libraries Project Began in 2011

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 S. 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 S.  Melissa G. 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.


  • Launching Libraries 2017: We partnered with SPEF and to create a taking library at Stillmeadow Elementary School in Stamford. This allowed students to take any books they want to help them create their own libraries at home. The amazing 5th graders at Stillmeadow led lead this project to share their love of reading with the younger students at school.  The graduate ambassadors from Stillmeadow who created this project at Cloonan Middle School came back to help. Overall, the project was a success! In total, over 3,500 books were collected to be used by 750 Stillmeadow students.
  • Launching Libraries 2015:  We partnered with the Bridgeport Child Care Learning Center to create a small library for their community.  Ted M., our lead ambassador received a small grant to help us cover the costs of building the bookcases and we had the PenStar Series team leading as well!


If you are interested in starting a library, contact us! We’d love to hear from you!