Action Book Clubs across the country are combining reading with community service—and having fun along the way! In this series, we’re highlighting some of our favorite reading groups. To find out how you can start an Action Book Club of your own visit the program’s web page.
Action Book Club Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Good Deed: Sending books to kids at the border
This Action Book Club believes everyone has the right to read. Recently, club members collected Spanish-language books for children at the U.S./Mexican border.
The club accomplished this by working with the Books for Border Kids organization. “We each donated money and bought books from our local children’s bookstore to send to refugee children in New Mexico,” says club organizer Jennifer Pierce.
The neighborhood Action Book Club has completed a number of service projects together—even when they can’t literally be together.
“Our book club has found it hard to get all together for an in-person service project, so I keep my eyes open for things we can do together on our own time,” says Jennifer.
“We all loved the idea of getting books into the hands of the children at the border who are suffering all manner of loss and pain,” she continues. “We felt empathy for these people from a very different place who have the same life goals of safety, health, and opportunity for their children as we do. Our group felt sending books to their children was something admittedly small, but tangible that we could do.”
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pierce