Read to Me Book Drive

Donate books to help Albuquerque families with limited resources.

The Read to Me Book Drive kicks off its city-wide effort to collect 60,000 new and gently used children's books.

The citywide book drive begins Feb. 15 and runs through March 31, 2015. The goal of the book drive is to collect 60,000 books and distribute them to children from low-income families.

Book Drive Collection Sites

Everyone is invited to help children start reading by contributing to the Read to Me Book Drive.

Read to Me Book Drive collection sites will be located throughout the greater Albuquerque area at the following locations:

  • Barnes and Nobel
  • John Brooks Supermart
  • Applebee's
  • La Montanita Natural Foods Coop
  • Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System
  • Bookworks
  • iT'Z Family Fun Center
  • New Mexico Rail Runner

Nearly 50 local employers will also conduct Read to Me book drives among their employees and patrons.

Company & Organization Book Drives

For more details and to learn how your company or organization can participate in the book drive, call (505) 848-1334 or email [email protected].

About Read to Me

The Read to Me Book Drive, through the collection and donation of books to children, builds a foundation for developing literacy skills. Elementary school children from families with limited resources will receive books and bookmarks to take home, as well as Library program information.

Mayor Richard J. Berry commended the program. "This program is an excellent way to put books in the hands of more kids in our community, and encourage them to practice critical reading skills while experiencing the joy of reading."

Said Douglas H. Chaplin, Director of the City's Department of Family and Community Services: "The Read to Me Book Drive is a great way for the community to support the literacy development of our young people."


City of Albuquerque, ABQ Ride, Friends for the Public Library, UNM Lobos, iT'Z Family Fun Center, New Mexico Rail Runner, and Wells Fargo.