In Fall 2006, Habitat for Humanity launched a new initiative, Books for Humanity, which provides each Fort Collins Habitat family with a personal library of basic reference books: atlases, dictionaries, thesauruses, punctuation and style manuals, and concise encyclopedias. Bookcases were donated by Fort Collins’ Sears-Trostel Lumber Company. Woodley’s Fine Furniture, another Colorado company, stained each bookcase.
The project also maintains a free bookstore, “BookStop,” which is located at the CORE. The store keeps at least 1000 books on its shelves, which are available for people affiliated with CORE and Habitat to select, free of charge, for further enrichment and personal pleasure. Both of these collections, in the homes of families and in the store, are stocked through donations of funds and books. Barnes & Noble is a continuing contributor.
Each year Habitat families are invited to do their holiday shopping at the Fall Book Festival and Family Celebration, held at the Fort Collins Habitat administrative office. A wide selection of new and gently used books is available at no charge, and volunteers provide food, entertainment, and free gift wrapping. The event provides an opportunity for the Habitat families to enjoy themselves and expand their home libraries. The evenings have included choral performances, presentations from local authors face painting, and balloon races.
For more information, including opportunities for contributing books, funds, and volunteer hours, contact Deanna Ludwin, Books for Humanity Founder, firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-219-1353.