Book Baskets

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Book Baskets, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established in 1995 with the goal of encouraging reading through book ownership. For 25 years Book Baskets has been deeply committed to giving new or lightly used books to those children in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area who might not otherwise have books of their own. Book Baskets currently serves over 30 local social service agencies or education programs. On average, they place over 20,000 books per year into the appreciative hands of children. A small bookplate is placed in the front of each book, allowing the recipient to identify the gift book as his or her own.

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Ninety-six percent of their funds are used to buy and store new books at great prices, thanks to fruitful relationships with several wholesalers. In addition, many of the books they distribute are “gently used”, generously donated via wicker baskets currently located in 18 local public and private schools. Books are also donated by groups who conducted book drives to benefit Book Baskets. Book Baskets is always interested in expanding their program to new local organizations; if you are or know of an interested recipient, please contact Book Baskets via their website (

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Participating Schools

Albemarle County Elementary Schools

Private Schools

External Links

Official Site