Join Us to Give the Curley School Some Shelf Help!

It’s back to school season, and this year, no one will be more excited to return to school than the 950 students at the Curley K-8 School in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. After several years without a school library, a dedicated team of parents and other volunteers has raised funds to reopen the library this fall.

But the Curley School could still use some help to fill their shelves! The Boston Book Festival, along with publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Young Readers, HarperCollins, and Candlewick Press, is donating brand-new books to the Curley K-8 library. We’re also teaming up with Wondermore to bring award-winning author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe to the Curley for a school visit the day before his public BBF appearance on October 28.

We’re off to a great start, but there are still a lot of shelves to fill, and that’s where you come in! We’re asking friends and fans of the BBF to join us in donating books and funds to restock the shelves at the Curley School. Focusing primarily on a diverse collection of award-winning books published during the library’s closure, the Curley School’s wish list will make hundreds of young readers very happy.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Peruse the Curley School’s wish list online and donate a book directly to the school library. You can even honor a family member or beloved teacher or librarian with a bookplate dedication!
  • Visit the Children’s Book Shop in Brookline to donate a book from the Curley’s registry list (and maybe pick up something for your own family, too)!
  • Contribute funds directly to the Shelf Help project by visiting the donations page and selecting a dollar amount. Or stop by the merchandise booth at BBF 2017 on October 28 and donate on-site!
  • Spread the word about the Curley School’s library and Shelf Help by sharing this post on social media, using the hashtag #ShelfHelp and tagging @bostonbookfest and @curleyk8!

Thanks so much for your help–together we’re bringing the love of reading to a new generation of Boston kids!


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