Why We Matter
The Book Bank supports literacy development in low income communities because increased literacy rates are linked to poverty reduction.
“Higher literacy can boost the economic and financial success of individuals and the economy as a whole. It can reduce poverty, improve health, lift community engagement and lead to a higher standard of living. In fact, it is hard to identify any other single issue that can have such a large payoff to individuals, the economy and society.”
“Print books are appreciated for their physicality: parents like the feel of print, even the smell of it. And they like the look of books – aesthetically pleasing, books bring a homely feel and the impression of an intellectual household. Print is part of the bedtime routine and the physical book prompts bonding and cuddling.”
When children choose their own books and can take them home to keep, they are more likely to stay in school longer and have improved social, health and economic outcomes.
“After examining statistics from 27 nations, a group of researchers found the presence of book-lined shelves in the home — and the intellectual environment those volumes reflect — gives children an enormous advantage in school.”
“….Our findings suggest that children’s reading levels are influenced by the size of the home library partly via the environment.”
“Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.”
The Book Bank supports the growth of the circular economy by reusing a precious resource – books!
“The amount of solid waste generated by economic activity is rising in line with growing consumption of material resources. Many valuable materials are disposed of as waste and, if not recovered, are lost to the economy.”