As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, in partnership with United Way of King County, Team Read hosted over a dozen volunteers who sorted and organized books for our readers.

Volunteers went through thousands of books and put together portable libraries so our readers and tutors will have a refreshed selection of books as they begin the second semester. Putting these libraries together involved making sure that each collection has a variety of books at different levels, with subjects that are fun and interesting for kids to read, and that our books feature diverse characters. “It feels so good to know that these books we’ve worked with all day will be bringing joy and learning to kids all over the area,” one volunteer exclaimed.

While working, staff and volunteers discussed Martin Luther King Jr’s commitment to education, and all the ways in which literacy is a fundamental building block for economic and racial justice. It was a meaningful day of teamwork and camaraderie, and we’re so grateful to the volunteers who gave their time and talents.

Interested in our next volunteer opportunity? We’re getting ready for National Reading Month in March and will need help preparing books for a giveaway. Contact us at if you’d like to hear more.