What Drives Our School Book Drives?
The short answer is: a passion for reading. Book drives are a fun way to engage students in a meaningful experience that makes change happen. The process of a typical book drive is charted below.
If you have questions
Be sure to review our “Teacher Resources”
All documents in the blue column are readable and downloadable. They’ll help you organize a successful, two week book drive.
How to complete the “School Information Form”
This document is editable. Once you’ve filled in all fields, save the new PDF, download, then attach it to the e-mail you send us.
Video Link 1: Why Literacy Matters
You can download or stream our video called “Why Literacy Matters”, described in “10. School Assembly.”
Video Link 2: Panyee Football Club
You can stream a second video called “The Story Of Panyee Football Club”, described in “11. Optional Supplementary Lesson Plan.” Click anywhere on the first page; there’s an embedded weblink to the video on YouTube.
These documents include: box ordering and box pick-up; book criteria – what we can and cannot accept; how to promote your book drive with posters and morning announcements; letters to parents.1. School Information Form 2. Getting Started 3. Criteria for Donated Books 4. Collection & Sorting Guidelines 5. Box Packing Information 6. Packing Postcard for Donors 7. Sample Parent Letter 8. Promotional Materials & Tips for Success 9. Final Pick-up Date 10. School Assembly Material 11. Optional Supplementary Lesson Plan
Our goal is to transform lives through reading
OWSH is dedicated to educating kids and families about literacy, inspiring them to take action. We are empowering students in Ontario to become directly involved in literacy initiatives that are restoring school libraries and transforming lives in the Eastern Caribbean.
Book drives are the heart and soul of our organization
Students from over 50 Ontario elementary schools have poured their energy into retrieving 250,000 gently used books from home. These have been redistributed in St. Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat and Nevis where school libraries have been neglected for years. The book drive program, coupled with our annual Rainforest of Reading Festival, is creating a meaningful context for literacy– and inspiring new advocates every day.
If you’re an individual with books to give away
We regret we’re not able to accept book donations outside of a school book drive. However, there are a number of groups who will: Goodwill Industries or Habitat for Humanity. If you have high school or university textbooks try Textbooks for Change and Canadian School Book Exchange.