Books in the Bluegrass

Books in the Bluegrass recipients

Since 2011, Books in the Bluegrass program has promoted a culture of reading and improved the quality of life for children from families with low-income by providing access to relevant and requested books. This successful and popular program has provided a bookcase filled with approximately 100 books to families served by Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and other organizations for more than a decade. To date, our program has supplied more than 28,232 books to 185 families benefiting 791 people in the Lexington area. Literacy is the foundation of all learning, and by providing books at no cost to these families improves success in reading, writing, speaking, and listening which in turn improves our Lexington community.

The families served through Books in the Bluegrass often lack access to transportation, time, or financial means to visit traditional libraries. These families enjoy the multitude of benefits associated with reading and home libraries without additional expenses or stressors. Like all programs at International Book Project, we put the people we serve first. Before selecting books for their bookshelves, we take time to understand each family’s goals, needs, and interests. While this process is more time-consuming, it amplifies the impact we are able to make. Books in the Bluegrass families are welcomed and encouraged to exchange their books as they finish reading them.

If you are interested in becoming a partner organization, please reach out to our Director of Operations, Stacie Musser stacie@intlbookproject.org)