Book’em began in 1989 when four women (Lee Fairbend, Karen Estevez-Gill, Georgeanne Chapman, and Ruth Ann Harnisch) united to find opportunities to assist Reading Is FUNdamental Nashville in meeting its needs for books and volunteers. Books were collected and distributed through the Christmas Clearing Bureau (CCB).
The organization grew through the years distributing tens of thousands of books each year and adding a reading program in pre-schools, Ready for Reading, which is still offered today.
Book’em merged with Reading is FUNdamental, the oldest literacy group in the Nashville area, in 2006. Today, Book’em administers the RIF program in ten Title I Metro elementary schools.
Each year Book’em sponsors Read Me Day, a special celebration of reading in one of the RIF schools its serves, to raise awareness of the importance of providing literary services to Nashville children.
• Reading volunteers for our Reading Is Fundamental and Ready for Reading programs for the upcoming school year
• Book drives for our Books for Nashville's Kids program (new and like-new books for youth ages 0-18)
• 30th Anniversary - Book'em was founded in 1989. We have several events coming up to celebrate - TN Brew Works is donating $1 to Book'em for each beer purchased on Sundays in August; our annual breakfast celebration is scheduled for October 2.
Learn more: https://bookem-kids.org/
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