About Us

Community Bookshelf

Building Relationships Through Literacy

The Community BookShelf is an initiative to build relationships through literacy. Community BookShelf provides access to resources that otherwise have been unavailable, specifically to those that experience economic and cultural differences.

Books are donated and distributed TO families, BY families in the South Twin Cities Metro.

These books provide a chance for new relationships and a greater sense of community.

Neighborhood communities we serve: Sunny Acres (Burnsville, MN), Lakeville Commons (Lakeville, MN), Queen Anne Courts (Lakeville, MN)

Partners: Lakeville Rotary, Atlas Shipping, Project FoodPatch, ISD #194 (Lakeville)


Our History

As parents and educators we recognize the importance of literacy and the opportunities it brings. We also know the importance of building relationships with students and families.

The idea for Community Bookshelf was created in spring, 2011. School was ending. We knew of specific communities not easily served by libraries or bookmobiles, with other challenges that make it difficult for these families to purchase and own books. How could we help kids who may not have access to books over the summer?

Our goal was to share our books and begin building relationships between families in these communities and the schools. Two schools held used book drives and collected over 2500 books.

Summer 2011, we began delivering books to our target communities. At the second round of deliveries, we had people waiting in line. We knew we were on to something.  As the word got out, schools, bookstores and libraries got into the action. Spring 2012, we scrambled to find a storage space to maintain our growing inventory of books.

Currently, relationships that began around books are sprouting in different directions as neighbors meet neighbors and lend each other a hand, only as neighbors can do.


Volunteer / Donate Books

Please visit How to Help to see how you can volunteer at a Community Bookshelf event and meet your neighbors.