Each year, JFCS collects and distributes nearly 4,000 new books to promote literacy among local children in pre-k through Grade 5, with special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books are also given to infants and toddlers, as well as older children in middle and high school. 

“Owning and sharing a book is a wonderful experience for a child, and we believe literacy is a skill best learned early in life, and a skill set that is the backbone of other learning and life experiences,” said Sheila Birnbaum, a JFCS volunteer and founder of the “Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book” campaign.

The book drive runs from Feb. 1 – March 31, 2023. Community members can participate by:

  • Delivering or shipping new books for infants through teenagers directly to our main office at 2688 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237.
  • Encouraging organizations, neighborhoods, social clubs, businesses, friends, and other groups to organize a book collection among their members. A designated person can collect the books and deliver them to JFCS’ administrative building on Fruitville.
  • Making a monetary donation online to go toward the purchase of books. To donate, click here and choose “Book Drive” in the drop-down menu.

Donated books will be distributed to JFCS clients who participate in a variety of programs, including Camp Mariposa, Ignite/REACH, Veterans Services, Homeless Prevention, Youth Services and more. Books will also go to local Title I schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, summer reading programs and other organizations such as the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee and Sarasota counties and Embracing Our Differences.

For additional information:

Please contact Sheila Birnbaum at SheilaBirnbaum@AOL.com

To arrange a drop-off or delivery:

Please contact Melanie Hayes, Public Relations Specialist, at mhayes@jfcs-cares.org

To Donate Click below and choose Book Drive in the drop down PayPal menu.