One book can lead to infinite possibilities.

We believe in the transformational power of reading—the simple pleasure of stumbling into a whole new world of characters, ideas, and places, be they real or imagined. That’s why we work to get books into the hands of children in our hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut. We are dedicated to providing books to any and all of Norwalks children with an emphasis on kids from low-income families. We hope you’ll join us by donating or volunteering your time.

 

Giving Away Books

Every year, we hold several events at Norwalk public libraries and schools. We give young people a book of their own that they can take home and keep. We are always looking for donations of appropriate and relevant books for pre-k, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students that are either lightly used or new. They can be paperback or hardback. As a 501c3 sponsored by the Norwalk Public Library we also appreciate financial donations.

If you’d like to give a book or two (or more!), you can either purchase books online and have them sent to us, or you can bring new or used books to:

Norwalk Reads - Norwalk Public Library
One Belden Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850

Next Event

We will be giving away books on November 2, 2019 at the Norwalk Public Library. All children must be accompanied by adults.

The last events were on August 6 at the Norwalk Police’s event in SONO and we gave books away at Brookside in May, and held a library giveaway on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Norwalk Public Library and the South Norwalk branch of the library from 10 am to 1 pm.

Past Events

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Thank You

There are so many people and organizations that make Norwalk Reads possible—here are just a few of them!

Norwalk Board of Education

Norwalk Fire Department

Norwalk Housing Authoriy

Norwalk Kiwanis

Norwalk Public Library

Webster Bank

Weston Kiwanis

Storage space for our book inventory has been generously provided by Mr. Winthrop Baum at 25 Van Zant Street in Norwalk. We thank him for providing us a home for many years.

Aitoro

AT&T

Bob Duff

Bowmore Distilleries

Cablevision

Cigar Factory Outlet

Diageo

GE Capital

The Maurice Goodman Foundation

History

Norwalk Reads was founded in 2001 by the Norwalk Kiwanis Club and the Norwalk Housing Authority. Both groups were trying to affiliate with Reading is Fundamental and they joined forces to apply for a Norwalk Chapter. Stephen Bentkover, the president of the Kiwanis Club, and Curtis Law, the president of the Norwalk Housing Authority saw the critical importance of literacy in the lives of children. They saw that some children in Norwalk had never had books of their own and believed that would help spark an interest in reading.

The Norwalk Kiwanis Club provided seed funding and many of theto Norwalk Reads and that remains the largest single contributor to the program. The Norwalk Housing Authority provided the 501c3 status, which is now provided by the Norwalk Public Library.