I’m volunteering today and tomorrow at the Children’s Book Bank in Portland, Oregon. I’ll be spending the day cleaning and repairing “gently used” books which will then be given to families in need. I love reading, and my “To Be Read” stack is always taller than I am. Books are magical. So to me, this is a fabulous volunteer opportunity.
What staggers me are some of the statistics. These numbers are for the United States, where we have a free public library system. Unfortunately, we also have a large number of families living in poverty. The deck is stacked against a child raised in low income households. Here are some of the statistics the Children’s Book Bank reports:
- In low income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children.
- A child from a low-income family enters first grade with an average of only 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading, compared with 1,000 to 1,700 hours for a child from a typical middle-class home.
- The harsh reality is that two thirds of low-income families own no books for their children.
- Nearly one in five urban preschoolers living below the federal poverty level.
I urge you to promote literacy by donating books to local charities, by volunteering for reading programs, and by spending time reading to the children in your family. Make it a family outing to go to the local library, and a special treat to go to the book store.
Many blessings to you and your loved ones. Read a book and hug a child today!
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.