Over 100,000 Free Books to be Distributed to Kids & Seniors Across
San Diego in Multi-Agency Effort
Over 100,000 books, worth over $1 million dollars, have arrived in San Diego County thanks to the generosity of The Molina Foundation and the coordination efforts of the San Diego Council on Literacy. The Great San Diego Book Giveaway / La Gran Entrega de Libros de San Diego is a multi-agency effort to get books into the hands of San Diego kids and seniors this summer.
As part of the Great San Diego Book Giveaway, thanks to The Molina Foundation and the San Diego Council on Literacy, the City of Imperial Beach received 7,500 adult novel and fiction books to distribute in the IB community! They are now located on Imperial Beach Blvd by the estuary to pick up this weekend!
“COVID19 has highlighted deep inequities for our kids and our seniors, many of whom have no access to the internet or computers and have no books at home. This multi-agency collaboration is about delivering books into the hands of those who need them at this time. Together, we are making a difference,” says Jose Cruz, CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy.
The sheer physical size of this donation is staggering. Three trucks, each carrying 24 pallets, each with 1,500 books per pallet equaling 35,000+ books per truck, for a total of 106,000 books arrived this summer from Tennessee and are being distributed in communities across San Diego.
With give-away points ranging from food banks, to libraries, to city-organized giveaways, many more San Diego and South Bay residents will have access to free books to begin or add to their own home library through this donation.