Friends of the School Library

Happy to Read New Books!

K is for Kids had its roots laid over a decade ago when founder Karen D. Clawson began boosting the number of books for students to read at Laurel Oak Elementary School in Naples with “Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raisers.  

As a nonprofit, K is for Kids’ launched its first “fun’raising season” in 2008-09 and its first program continued to be Friends of the School Library. The programs has helped stock cash-strapped school libraries gain more books for their students to read, and the Foundation has donated thousands of books each year to schools and students across Collier County. In 2011, K is for Kids began donating books directly to students through its Rising Readers program and awards.

Why donate books to a shared reading environment like a school library? Not only is it a good reason because the majority of children get to visit their libraries daily or weekly, but because ONE BOOK may be read by MANY CHILDREN over MANY YEARS.  Indeed, book might be read by dozens, or even a hundred students over its shelf life, maximizing the book to reader ratio and gaining the most “bang for the book”!

1 Book : 100 Readers — now that’s a smart investment.

In 2011-12 over 30 Collier County school libraries received new books for their students to read thanks to K is for Kids’ book donation programs and our first “Big Book Giveaway.”

Kids love to read!  It’s a wonderful story that is never ending.

That’s why it’s also a “problem” or challenge that we welcome; as parents, as teachers, as community members:  Children who are exposed to books and reading at an early age and who have access to books throughout their education have an advantage over those kids who don’t, outperforming them academically and having a better chance at success in school, and in life.*

Click on photo at top or here to read the story in the Naples Daily News

Click here to read a testimonial letter.

Help us build readers and leaders!  There are many ways, both small and large, you can make a difference – contact us today at 239-596.KIDS (5437) or email

Read more about how your gift of even ONE book can benefit a child for life with the gift of literacy by visiting the *website of the American Library Association at

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