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‘My Home Library’ Helps Grow Student Libraries

Wade Smith is not only a former Houston Texans player; he is also a lover of books. He wrote his own children’s book, Smitty Hits the Play Books. Now, Smith is on a mission to give back to the community.

According to The Houston Chronicle, about 80% of public school kids in Houston are economically disadvantaged. My Home Library was created to help bring books to these children. It is “a web app that will help pair donors with low-income kids. Each child will make a wishlist of six book titles; each donor, then, can browse the wishlists and make a $30 donation to sponsor a specific child’s personal library.” Smith is one of many contributing to this cause. 

While speaking to a group of 1st graders at Browning Elementary, he said:

“When I was a little kid, my mom and my dad and my sister, we just lived in an apartment and we didn’t have a lot of money. We couldn’t go to Europe or any of those fantastic places. But I could pick up a book and open it up, and it could take me wherever I wanted to go.”

At Browning, Smith helped to kick off My Home Library, which was started by the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.  

Help these kids grow their home libraries and become avid readers! Wishlists will be up soon. Don’t forget to donate!

 

Featured image courtesy of Chron.