Children’s Book Sale at Bargain Prices Presented by The Friends of the Houston Public Library, In Partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/4/2014, 10:24 a.m.
You are invited to the Annual Children’s Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library, in partnership ...
Houston Public Library

You are invited to the Annual Children’s Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. At this free event, which is open to the public, everyone will enjoy finding great children’s books for ages up to 18 at bargain prices of $2 or less. All proceeds from the Children’s Book Sale help support the Houston Public Library by providing funding for library programs, materials, and scholarships. Book categories include fiction and nonfiction, parenting and education resources, easy books and board books, graphic novels, audio and visual items, reference materials, encyclopedia sets, and books in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

“We are so pleased to once again provide the Houston community an opportunity to purchase children’s books at a very low cost through the Friends of Houston Public Library,” said Dr. Rhea Lawson, Director of Libraries for Houston Public Library. “We are thrilled about the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation as we all work together to strengthen literacy in family units. I encourage everyone to participate in this event to grow their home libraries and to instill the love of reading in children.”

In addition to buying books at a bargain price to enjoy with children and build home libraries, attendees will have an opportunity to donate books to children in need across Houston through the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. As stated in the Foundation’s comprehensive plan for community action, titled Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action, “[R]esearch has shown there is only one book available for every 300 children in low-income areas, as opposed to 13 books, on average, in homes of middle- and high-income children.” Additionally, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation will distribute bookmarks and materials to parents about the importance of reading to or with a child daily.

“Books are simply a luxury that many families cannot afford, yet they are essential to a child’s development,” explains Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “It is important that we work together to provide these families with the resources they need to achieve success and to help parents understand that reading to a child for just 15 to 20 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in a child’s academic and future success.”

All paperbacks and board books for babies are $1, and all hardbacks are $2. Specially-priced “grab bag” boxes of paperbacks and assorted goodies will be sold for $10 (50-75 items per box). Membership for the Friends of Houston Public Library is only $25 and can be purchased at the sale or online at FriendsofHPL.org.

Educators need to take their tax-exempt ID. Checks, cash, and all credit cards will be accepted.

Sale Dates and Times:

Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street, 77008

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.