RI Center for the Book

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Reading the same book brings us together. Couldn’t we all use that right now?

Support our teachers and librarians this school year by giving students access to new, relevant, engaging books. Reading books unites us and we need that connection now more than ever.

Demand for copies of our Reading Across Rhode Island books has never been higher! Help us reach our goal of purchasing 10,000 books for students across the state!

Direct impact of your donation:

Public or School Library Donations:

 $20       2 new books*

 $50       5 new books* 

 $100     10 new books* 

Classroom Set Donations:

$250        25 books* (1 classroom) 

$500+      50 books* (2 classrooms) 

$1,000+   100 books* (5 or more classrooms)

*Option to include your name with the donation

To donate online through PayPal, please donate HERE

To donate by check, please send your donation to:

RI Center for the Book
at The Pell Center at Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI  02840


My students and I are so grateful for brand new books that were donated to my classroom by Rhode Island Center for the Book. Sadly, we have not had a budget for books in several years. Nothing says hope more than a brand new book. It truly felt like Christmas morning each time we received a new box of books. 

It has been a wild ride these past few months with Distance Learning. Through a lot of trial and error, I learned that my students and students around the world were benefiting from read alouds and smaller group meetings. That is when things started to shift for me. More students were engaged and I felt a sense of peace with each read aloud and book club meeting. These Distance Learning book club meetings allowed my students to move past the feeling of isolation to a renewed sense of community.

During these distance learning book clubs, I was able to have 3 authors visit us and share their stories. The authors were genuinely interested in my students’ well-being and wanted to help. I am so grateful… these book clubs brought about lively dialog and transported us to different places and important life lessons during this uncertain time. – RI Middle School Teacher


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