Record-high turnout at reopening of Children’s Book Project 

More books than ever before in a single day were donated to teachers, librarians, health practitioners and other community members who work with children at the reopening of the Children's Book Project this month.

The organization, which puts donated books into the hands of disadvantaged children, reopened Aug. 2 in Room 105 of the Francis Scott Key annex at 1360 43rd Ave., a building owned by the San Francisco Unified School District, after spending 22 years in the Bayview.

The 70 people, including teachers, librarians and others who work with children, who came to the new site at the reopening received approximately 4,700 books, said Kathleen Tracey, the project's interim manager.

The project typically gives out around 2,700 books to about 40 people on the Saturday before school starts, generally the busiest day of the year, according to Tracey.

"There are people who need books," Tracey said of why the turnout was so great this year. She also speculated that the new location in the Sunset is more convenient.

The project is using the annex for at least a year, free of charge, and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month.

Those who wish to donate books can do so at seven locations, in addition to the pickup site.

More than 100,000 books annually are given through the project to teachers, librarians, health care professionals and facilities that serve children. Many are sent to child care centers, homeless shelters and schools, according to the project. Some books are given directly to children, many of whom have never owned a book.

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Laura Dudnick

Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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