We mobilize free books to children of all ages to engage families and communities in cultivating minds.
“I’ve always loved reading, and that passion came back to me in Brazil. I’m a true book lover, my children are book lovers, and I feel that we need to find every possible way as a community to provide children of all ages with the opportunity to involve books and reading in their lives.”-Debbie
The Free Book Buggie is the brainchild of Debbie Beck, and was meticulously constructed by its Founding Team. On a trip to Brazil with her daughter, Debbie found the inspiration for The Buggie as she was traveling along the southern coast.
Stopping in a small, colonial town just outside of Rio, she noticed a multicolored van that was filled with books, and its owner sitting on a chair beside a table full of books. Seeing the attention the van received, especially from children, Debbie realized her desire to bring that same excitement of reading back home to Minnesota.
Along with her co-founder, Sue Fredricks, and the generous help of volunteers, Debbie and the Buggie travel around the Twin Cities giving free books to children of all ages and promoting literacy.
Our team is dedicated to making sure that every child who wants a book, shall receive one, free of charge. We help children and families in our community realize a world full of opportunities through a love of reading, learning, and discovery. Open a book and open your mind!
The Free Book Buggie provides children with a foundation for success through literacy. In collaboration with over 60 community groups and organizations, individuals, and our generous donors, TFBB has distributed over 20,000 books and impacted the lives of more than 11,000 children in the twin cities in their first year.
Read the impact of The Free Book Buggie!
The Free Book Buggie travels around the Twin Cities providing free books to children ages birth to teenagers. Our collection of books provides something for children of all ages and cultural backgrounds. We work with local partners and programs to ensure that family focused agencies are able to provide books for their children on behalf of the Free Book Buggie. Check out some of the services we provide below!
- Contribute books to Little Free Libraries
- Engage in community events with other family focused organizations
- Supply books to local laundromats in the Twin Cities area
- Donate oodles of books to local community-based organizations and agencies
- Provide reading Buggie buddies to schools and organizations on request
Need a reading Buggie buddy for your organization or event? Click here to send us a request!
In September of 2019, we partnered with a few local laundromats in the Twin Cities to provide free books to children who otherwise might not have access at home. Owner of Metro Coin Laundry, Deb Machacek said,
“My husband and I are thrilled to be partnered with The Book Buggie! Three of our five laundromats have a play room area for young people but all five stores have a shelf with books from The Book Buggie. Promoting literacy is so very important and we love having books available for all our customers young and old! Having the books available is great but allowing our customers to take a book they find interesting home with them is the icing on the cake! Because these books are donated by various means, we provide them for our customers to enjoy while at the store or continue reading once they return home. Our customers love having something for the kids to do while using the laundromat but we find adult customers reading them too! Great way to pass the time! Thank you Book Buggie for providing books to our stores and we look forward to filling our boxes soon to continue getting books into everyone’s hands!”
Check out some photos from the laundromat partnership!
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In late December, 2019, amongst the holiday hustle and bustle, tragedy hit Minneapolis hard as a result of a fire in the Drake Hotel. More than 250 people, including children, were displaced and without a place to stay. Among nonprofits giving back, The Free Book Buggie loaded up and headed out to cheer up the children and families affected by the fire by giving out free books. Take a look at the video below:
In August of 2019, The Free Book Buggie was honored to partner with the Little Free Library to provide books to children around the Twin Cities. Thanks to Jon Cox, a Metro State intern, he was able to capture the greatness of this day. When asked about the event, Jon said:
“Through my eyes, the “Little Free Library Project” has miraculously encouraged the magic of literacy and imagination, while bringing people together from all walks of life. This project has brilliantly opened minds and hearts, as well as created bonds between communities, among individuals of all ages. Thank you to everyone who helped pull this profoundly empowering project together.”
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