Read to Them and Children’s Museum of Richmond Partner to Supply Books to Elementary Students During School Closures

April 7, 2020
kat simons

Richmond public school families picking up food at distribution sites will also find books to take home and read while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richmond-based Read to Them and The Children’s Museum of Richmond, with its Book Bank program, have teamed up to work with Richmond City Public Schools to provide over 1,000 books to elementary school students impacted by current school closures.

“These are anxious times. With schools closing and communities taking action to address health concerns, we want to assist in encouraging families to continue making reading at home a priority,” says Read to Them Executive Director Christa Donohue. “Access to engaging, age-appropriate books is vital to providing educational support while schools are closed. And reading can be an enjoyable family activity while we are social distancing.” 

“The mission of The Children’s Museum Book Bank is to put books in the hands of children who would not otherwise have them,” says Children’s Museum Book Bank and Community Partnerships Coordinator Stacy Smith. “With the closure of the schools we are working to continue to provide books for those children whose families will be able to select the books they wish to take home.”

The Book Bank will provide the books and Read to Them will distribute them through current food distribution sites.

Read to Them is a Richmond based non-profit promoting family literacy, with literacy programs that have reached over 2 million families in over 3000 schools in all 50 states. A continually growing body of research demonstrates that children who are read to at home become better readers, are more confident in school and academic success follows.  Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.  For more information: