The Long Beach Unified School District is the recipient of a grant providing 75,000 new children’s books valued at $655,000 from The Molina Foundation.
The donation is part of 651,802 books and magazines valued at nearly $5 million that the Foundation has given to groups in California through the 2020 Book Buddies program called Families Learning Together.
“Especially in this time of distance learning and limited access to print materials, we truly appreciate The Molina Foundation's generous gift to our students,” LBUSD Library Curriculum Leader Crystal Miranda said. “We are very grateful for these 75,000 brand new books that will be put directly into students’ hands.”
The library services team is working on a safe plan to distribute the books to Long Beach students as soon as possible.
The Families Learning Together program’s goal is to provide resources to help children, parents and caregivers create word-filled homes through reading and learning together. More than 1.5 million books and magazines worth more than $13 million have been distributed nationwide through this program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Molina Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Southern California, is dedicated to the mission of reducing disparities in access to education and health.