Book ‘Em delivers brand-new, high-quality books to at-risk children and youth in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. The books are distributed by the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office in a variety of ways: during The Sheriff’s Office’s summer CHAMPS camps; at back-to-school kick-off events held in late summer; during various community events, many held at our local recreation centers; by patrol officers who choose to keep books in their cars in order to give books to children they encounter through their patrol duties; and at school-wide book giveaways in an effort to prevent summer learning loss, also known as “Summer Slide”. Our hope is that this will help the children of Macon-Bibb to see law-enforcement officers as friends and allies whom they can trust.
Macon Book ‘Em is also able to purchase brand-new books from First Book and Scholastic on a below-cost basis, averaging $1-$3 per brand new book, due to the fact that we are a non-profit delivering books to at-risk children.
Why is this so important?
Consider the fact that many municipalities use the scores on reading achievement tests of 3rd graders in their community’s schools to do long-range planning for the number of jail cells they project a need for in 20 years. The literacy rate really determines the success or failure of a community.