JULY 27, 2020
BY SHANNON MAUGHAN, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
When the COVID-19 crisis forced the closure of schools across the country, the abrupt change resulted in many already vulnerable children and families facing additional challenges. A lack of access to food, and to learning tools including the internet and books, have been among the most pressing obstacles, along with mounting concern about the double whammy of spring school disruptions and the summer learning slide. In an effort to assist families facing such hurdles, Follett and two nonprofit early literacy organizations — Page Ahead in Seattle and Start Reading Now in Minneapolis — worked together to ensure that kids from low-income families received books to read over the summer break. As a result, Follett shipped nearly 80,000 books combined to the two groups.