"This spring, United Methodists in Arkansas are being challenged to donate 35,588 books to build the personal libraries of children in Arkansas. Why? There are 35,588 third graders in Arkansas. Third grade is when students move from learning to read to reading to learn. Only 1/3 of Arkansas third graders were reading proficiently in 2019. Let's work to
change that statistic!
Churches can begin by collecting new and gently used books from their congregations,
Sunday School classes, youth groups, or children's ministries. Make sure to take
pictures of your congregation in action. Tag us on social media telling us the number of
books to add to our count and using the hashtag #givingbooksforlove. Make sure to
partner with a teacher, a local school, a little free library, or a feeding ministry backpack
program to distribute the books collected.
If together we are Giving Books for Love, we will help to give love for books to children
in our communities. Let's make a lasting impact together!"
Rev. Samantha Meadors
The Delta Project- 200K More Reasons