August 11, 2015

Photos by Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico

Accio Books 2018

Since 2009, this annual worldwide book drive has given over 350,000 books away to communities in need. This year, we're utilizing the power of story to help stock mini lending libraries at four Boys and Girls Clubs in Puerto Rico!

This year, we'll be collaborating with theBoys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR)to support educational programs at their Clubs in Las Margaritas, Bayamón, Aguas Buenas, and Carolina. Prior to Hurricane Maria, 89% of BGCPR participants and their families lived in poverty, and the aftermath of the hurricane and lack of adequate federal recovery support has presented even more challenges. The BGCPR serve over 15,000 participants (ages 6 - 18) throughout Puerto Rico and have played an essential role for young people and their families has they recover from the storms.

We can't overstate the importance of this campaign.With the books collected from Accio Books, the Boys & Girls Clubs will enrich their ESL (English as a Second Language) programs, support students in exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and tourism careers, and build mini lending libraries for their participants!

Ready to mail books to Puerto Rico?

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico will accept books in both English and Spanish. In both languages, they are especially in need of children's & young adult books, so please prioritize these books in your mailing! Once your box(es) are ready, send them to:

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico

501 Avenida Roberto H Todd

San Juan Puerto Rico 00907

Note: when shipping from within the U.S., domestic media mail will likely be the most affordable option. For more info on mailing books, please check out our Accio Books toolkit!

Advocate for Libraries!

In addition to stocking the shelves at the Boys and Girls Club, we're also dedicating time once again to defend public libraries! With education and accurate information under attack, the world needs libraries now more than ever. That's why onMay 7 & 8 we are joining forces with the American Library Association to defend public libraries forLibrary Legislative Day! In 2018, library funding is under attack once again, but don't despair! Last year, nearly 1,000 wizard activists took action to helpsuccessfully save library funding - and we're ready to do it again this year!

Celebrate Accio Books & Win the House Cup!

Don't forget to let us know what you're doing so you can win points in our annual House Cup! Someone's bound to beat those pesky Ravenclaws - right?? Follow the competition and learn how you can earn points right here.

Become a Prefect!

Do you love Accio Books as much as we do? Want to know what else you can do to make a difference? Sign up to be a Prefect and you'll receive weekly emails inviting you to take extra actions in the name of books, libraries, and the boy who lived!