We are proud to join with our fellow Livermore Rotarians and the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore to purchase and deliver hardcover children’s literature to each 3rd grade student in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District! Rotarians are invited to deliver books in person to students at their schools, March 20 - March 31, 2023.
We will be donating almost 1,000 books to Livermore students.
Each student will receive a book with a customized bookplate attached to the inside of the book (template pictured left). 
After months of collaboration, third grade teachers and elementary librarians, in collaboration with school administrators, the Livermore Library, Towne Center Books, and Rotarians, we have selected 3 titles from which students can select their favorite book:
  • Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo
  • How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell
  • The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown.
Research has shown that students who are fluent readers by the end of third grade are prepared to succeed academically. On the other hand, students who struggle in reading at the end of third grade are set up to struggle academically. During primary years, students learn to read. Once they enter fourth grade, they read to learn. They need that strong foundation of reading skills in order to be successful learners of all subjects.
Educators, as well as the avid readers among us, know that reading an engaging story or article will encourage more reading. The books we will give to students in April 2022 will be read and discussed during classroom book groups. The titles have been selected with varied interests in mind, so that each student can choose their favorite type of book. School librarians will introduce the titles so that the students will have a preview of each book's storyline.
We are grateful to partner with Towne Center Books to purchase lasting hardcover editions that the children can read and reread and add to their home libraries.
Sign up by clicking on this form: Gift of Reading 2023 Book Delivery Sign-Up
For those unfamiliar with SignUp Genius, here's how it works:
  1. Use the link to go to the form: Gift of Reading 2023 Book Delivery Volunteer Form.
  2. Click the "Sign Up" button on the date(s) you would like to volunteer
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Save and Continue"
  4. Provide your contact information and Rotary Club affiliation and click "Sign Up Now"
You will receive additional information before you visit the school. Thank you!