"One of my students did not have any books at home. Her mother called me and firmly stated that her child was not to bring books home ... I learned this mother was afraid her child would destroy a book and could not afford to pay for it ... I told her that I would send a few books home so she could start a small home library for her children. She was so excited! ... Thank you for sharing the gift of literacy with children and with schools like ours."
“Our students were thrilled by the opportunity to choose books to take home…A second grade child told us that ‘these books are the first ones I’ve had to keep forever'.”
“.....there are so many selfish reasons I volunteer each year: the opportunity to be as silly as I dare in reading old favorites like “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?”; .... and the sobering reminder that a simple book read aloud should not be taken for granted. I thank everyone at Bridge of Books for this mutual gift.”
“As a librarian, I have a great passion for inspiring children to read. I truly admire the great work that you and your organization..[are doing]. Nothing could be more important.”
“Thank you (Bridge of Books) for being a spark in my kids’ lives that will grow to a raging fire of endless light! Books + motivated teacher = impact!”
"Bridge of Books is a gift to our Trenton students; without your support many of our students would not have access to books. Kids can enjoy books at home now, begin to build a personal library, and a love of reading. Your mission comes to life in Trenton and our kids can now read for pleasure, build their self-efficacy and reading confidence."
“The variety of Spanish and bi-lingual books you provided ... filled a critical need, enabling non-English-speaking parents to engage their children in the act of reading..[and] put smiles on the faces of so many children and parents,”
“... I want kids to be able to experience that same excitement I get from reading a great book. The kids last year were just so welcoming and enthusiastic about us.... reading to them. And the look on their faces when we told them they could take the books home with them was just icing on the cake.”
“... I see kids' eyes light up for a book, the very simple medium which has been used to tell stories and convey meaning for centuries..., I see kids smile with anticipation and sheer joy that can only come from the simple, yet meaningful process of reading, and then I realize … this is also such a gift for me, the reader! .....”
“We delivered books to an after-school program in Camden that had no books.”
“Thank you again for your continuing support of our literacy mission in the Great Start Program.. Our schools’ populations are 54% Spanish-speaking. Many of the families in our program did not have one book in their homes before they joined our program!”
“Our goal is to help our students learn to love to read, and through your foundation’s generosity, we have the tools to work towards that goal.”