Our Mission is currently accomplished through two programs supported by our volunteers. Many of our volunteers have elementary education degrees, are former classroom teachers or are ESL certified.
"Volunteer's can assist in any of the following tasks: transportation of books, set-up at book fairs, assisting in handing out books to children and or caregivers, and finally packing up after the book fair."
The Your Children's Bookshelf volunteer team will host free book fairs for children and their families in Illinois. The book fairs will take place at various locations in Illinois including but not limited to Children's Group Homes, Foster Family Centers, Literacy Organizations and Social Service Agencies including Food Pantries, Domestic Violence Shelters, and agencies/schools servicing low income households. This program will be coordinated out of our Illinois HQ location.
Our Volunteers will bring 300 - 600 gently used or new children's books to each book fair from the YCB library. The children's books range from newborn to eighth grade reading levels and offer a wide variety of interests. We will encourage each child to choose at least six books at each fair. We anticipate providing 5000 books to children through 10 book fairs annually.
This program will take approximately 40% of our organization's time.
Your Children’s Bookshelf provides free gently used and new children’s books to families and children. Our purpose is providing books to encourage reading and foster literacy and education.
This volunteer activity usually happens twice a month (Full Day). It’s also dependent on how many books we can source in a given month.
Your Children’s Bookshelf sources children’s books by developing relationships with local bookstores and publishers.
We solicit donations from individuals and businesses for children’s books and funds to purchase the books.
In addition, we will research and source at local sales such as garage and rummage sales.
Once we have acquired the books, we manage our library at 1310 N. Riverside Rd., McHenry, IL 60050.
Our volunteers then will identify and level the books according to age group and reading level. Currently we offer gently used books from newborn to eighth grade.
Volunteers will make sure the book is cleaned, free of any marks or damage and then properly placed within the Your Children’s Bookshelf Library.