According to research by the Building Alliance for Early Learning, in low income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children, compared to 13 books per child in middle income neighborhoods. Furthermore, 21% of children have 10 or fewer books in the home while 2% have no books at all.

Our Little Libraries are replenished by books from generous individuals, families and groups. Without donors, book drive organizers, and other volunteers, the St. Lucie Reads goal to grow great readers simply could not be realized.

We are always grateful for any contribution you make, any time you give. Your help directly affects hundreds of thousands of children here in St. Lucie County. You empower families with the gift of books, the knowledge to develop language skills, and the promise of literacy for children.

Ways to make a difference:

  1. Donate books
  2. Organize a Book Drive
  3. Make a Donation

Got books? We welcome your donations of gently used and new children’s books (birth through high-school school age).

St. Lucie Reads will accept hardcover and paperback books if they are in good condition. Donations will be evaluated and, if appropriate, will be added to the St. Lucie Reads collection.

Items not accepted include VHS tapes, adults books, magazines or encyclopedia sets, because our programs do not distribute them. All books should be in good condition, without missing or torn pages and covers, mold or markings.  They should be odor-free.

Donated items may be dropped off at the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County office during regular business hours.

If you have a large donation, for instance 4 boxes or a hundred items, you may want to contact us to arrange for assistance in bringing them in, but it’s otherwise not necessary to contact us before delivering a donation. It is also possible to arrange a pick-up of small donations of books. 

Enclosing multiple items in bags or boxes to make them easier to move will be much appreciated.

While donations of quality items are gratefully accepted, Children’s Services staff can not be responsible for the valuation of a gift. We cannot appraise donated materials or indicate a value on the receipt. If desired, the donor may receive a donation receipt for the number and type of materials donated.

A donation box filled with books