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!

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!”

Child Receiving Book

“I’m going to have my dad read me every one of these books at bedtime.”

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!”

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

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.”

Child Receiving Book

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

Denise Anderson

“Despite generous donations, our Little Free Library in downtown Minneapolis was running short of books for kids. A very welcome donation from The Free Book Buggie has allowed us to continue serving our high-need area, which includes a homeless shelter. The joy of a toddler showing off her new book, the intensity of a preteen discussing his favorite authors, the quiet contemplation of a teen reading a classic, and the grateful thanks of parents will continue because of The Free Book Buggie.”

Sharon Cross

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

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”

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.”