August 9, 2013
Partnership provides new books for the new school year
Football Camp: Behind The Scenes

BLACKSBURG – Thousands of children from low-income families in southwestern Virginia and across the state are receiving brand-new books of their own this school year, thanks to a partnership between First Book and Herma’s Readers.

More than 8,000 brand-new children’s books will go to children at 33 different schools, nonprofit organizations and community groups. The books come from First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and resources to kids in need, and the grants were made possible through the generosity of Herma’s Readers, a Blacksburg-based nonprofit dedicated to bringing the power of reading to young children across Virginia. Herma’s Readers gift of $20,000, brings it’s total giving to over $100,000 since 2008.

“Thank you so much for the generous $200 grant for books for our babies,” said Shelley Allen, Ph.D., a literacy volunteer for Capital Diaper Bank in Richmond. “The families in crisis that we serve will continue to receive our message on the importance of reading to their children thanks to your kind donation.”

This year’s grant is part of an ongoing effort with First Book and Herma’s Readers. Since 2011, Herma’s Readers has helped bring over 40,000 brand-new books from First Book to children from low-income families across Virginia.

“It is great to like your program is working,” coach Frank Beamer said. “Getting books to those in need and appreciative children is very gratifying. My mother would be very proud.”

The books are provided through grants for the First Book Marketplace, an online store available exclusively to educators serving kids in need. By letting the teachers and local program leaders who know the children best choose the books themselves, First Book helps ensure that each child will receive the books they need to turn them into strong readers.

About Herma's Readers
In 2008, college football's winningest active coach Frank Beamer, founded a literacy foundation that promotes reading to youngsters in their formative years. Named for his mother, a teacher for over 25 years, Herma's Readers has delivered over 21,000 books to youngsters throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, Coach Beamer’s program has disbursed over $100,000 for new book purchases for children. That is a total of over 58,000 books! You'll find Herma's Readers on line, at

About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and the elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

For updates on Virginia Tech football, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_Football).

HokieSports Shop