UKirk students are collecting new and gently used children's and youth books for all ages up to grade 12. Our sample wish lists intentionally include books that highlight our BIPOC, Latinx, AAPI, and LGBTQIA+, siblings, people with disabilities and additional picture books that reflect the image of God in all human beings. We also want to highlight children's books written by diverse authors, and additional multicultural children's books.
We encourage you to buy local when possible. Please check out www.socialightsociety.com/ bookstore and consider them if purchasing books.
New books purchased online can be sent or shipped to:
UKirk Book Project
1315 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Books may be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm at the address above.
We believe that all children should have access to books of their own. We believe representation matters and that all of God's children should see themselves and their families in stories. We are beginning to do our part to address the issue of Book Deserts in the greater Lansing area. Books change lives. UKirk wants all children to have access to books that will build up their personal libraries. The more books a child has of their own, the better their literacy rate and the broader their future opportunities will likely be.
As a Matthew 25 campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we are committed to being actively engaged in the world. We believe we are shaped by stories, and it is important that all of God's children see themselves in those stories. Our UKirk students are raising awareness and helping to address the issue of book deserts here in the greater Lansing area. In Ingham County alone, only 28 percent of homes have more than 100 books (Unite for Literacy data). We will be working with our partner church mission partners to distribute books to underserved children in the area on an ongoing basis. If you have questions or would like to connect with this project please email: email@example.com or call (517) 337-0893.