Our Impact

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!

Amber Preisler

AmeriCorps VISTAMayor Carter Birth-3 Initiative

“The Phalen Village Little Free Library Event could not of happened without the wonderful and gracious book donations from The Free Book Buggie. They were able to provide a great idea of handing out a “book bag” containing 3 books to each child that attended the event and also filling 4 Little Free Libraries with books. This left an estimated 200 books in the hands of children that may have not had the chance to own one book. I want to thank them in supporting and collaborating with Mayor Melvin Carters Birth-3 Initiative and St. Paul- Ramsey Co. Public Health.”

Americorps volunteer

“When The Free Book Buggie arrived, with their endless buckets of books, we were all buzzing with excitement! The books were well-organized, and labeled, by age making it easy for families to find the appropriate books for their child. Not only were they efficient in their set-up and clean up, but their level of excitement to give out free books matched that of the children and families that visited the museum that night. We are excited to continue this partnership with The Free Book Buggie and hope to see them at many of our future Family Events.”

Dana Janowiak

St. Paul-Ramsey CO. – Public Health – Family Health Division – Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

“Thank you to the Free Book Buggie for donating books to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. By giving your books to children with lead poisoning, I hope to foster a love for reading and contribute to a supportive home environment that positively influences the child’s development. When I pull a book out of my bag and give it to a child, they reach for it right away!”

Child Receiving Book

“I get to take these home with me?! These are mine?!”

Dawn Anderson

Bloomington Covenant Church, The Clothes Closet, Bloomington, MN

“We were grateful to partner with The Free Book Buggie on Sept 29th. They set up tables in our guest waiting area with the books laid out and beautifully organized. What a fun surprise for our kids to be able to pick out books for free! For most of the families we serve, toys and books are extras that don’t fit in their budgets. Having books available to them made the kids feel special. Deb, Sue & Crew were so enthusiastic about helping kids pick out their favorite books. They came in and did their own set up and tear down without needing any assistance. They weren’t able to join us at our October opening which was disappointing for the kids. We look forward to having them join us in the future.”

Neighborhood House Event Employee

“Yesterday the book buggie was at the Metro State Produce Distribution run by Neighborhood House. After it was over I went back inside to grab the last three boxes of books.  There was a woman going through it and grabbing books for her friend who has three young children and no books in the house.  She said it would be the start of their library! She probably grabbed about 20-30 books. I thought it was sweet.”

Sharon Cross

“Priceless!! And such a wonderful example of your work and the remarkable collaboration with the Free Book Buggie”

Kristen Skrien

Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School, Maplewood, MN

“Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School, located in Maplewood MN, was fortunate to hear about The Free Book Buggie from a guest at our Loaves and Fishes Community Meal that we host. We reached out to this organization and invited them to attend an event taking place at our Christian School in October, 2018. The Free Book Buggie agreed to come, and were a great addition to our event. They came with several employees, who were very friendly and engaging with our families. They came with MANY books all organized and displayed nicely for our families to look through. We have already invited them to more events at Gethsemane, and plan to invite them to many more. We are thankful for being introduced to this wonderful organization and look forward to working with them again very soon.”

Amber Preisler

“I can’t get over these kids at Stories Together! More are coming and all of them love it! My last Tuesday morning I only had 2 kids, this time 9! They really enjoyed getting free books and playing with the toys!! Kept asking when we were coming back and why were not coming back tomorrow”

Sally Newbury

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, NorthPoint, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

“The Free Book Buggie is a great partner with us at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center!  Our children’s book shelves in the medical reception, dental clinic and human services building look much better since we received your books and I had 3 little kids come visit me as I was restocking today.  They were so excited!  We could easily go through 20 books a day because we encourage each child to take home a pre-school book with each visit to NorthPoint.  Our goal is to get young children excited about reading before they start school.  During the school break times, we are busier than ever and it is great to keep the young scholars interested in learning.  Thank you!”