My Home Library is a program that uses a web-based tool hosted by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Through the My Home Library web-based tool, community members are able to sponsor a home library for an economically disadvantaged child. My Home Library was developed in late 2016 in partnership with Credera and a team of volunteer technologist from across the Houston community.
For as little as a tax-deductible gift of $30 to the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, members of the community can sponsor a child’s home library of six books. However, here is no minimum or maximum donation amount. Through My Home Library, community members can make a general, tax deductible donation of any amount to support fulfilling home library wish lists.
Economically disadvantaged children in Houston directly benefit from the My Home Library program. My Home Library was piloted in Spring of 2017 with 600 elementary school-aged children. Since the program launched, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has expanded the reach of My Home Library to serve more economically disadvantaged children in subsequent years, serving more than 25,000 children annually.
Yes, the My Home Library website is searchable by school, classroom teacher and students’ first name and initial of their last name.
Book publishers, including Arté Publico, Penguin Random House, Longtale Publishing, and Scholastic have provided discounted pricing on books to make sponsoring a child’s home library through My Home Library affordable. There are currently more than 150 popular titles across all reading levels for children to select.
Twice a semester (or 4 times a year), the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation fulfills thousands of student wish lists – many of whom are not already sponsored by a corporate partner. If a particular school’s My Home Library program is not sponsored by a new or existing partner, we open up their campaign to the community so that we can ensure that every student receives the books that he or she chooses during book selection.
The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is not accepting applications or requests to participate in My Home Library.
More information is located at MyHomeLibraryHouston.org or through the main website for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation at BushHoustonLiteracy.org.