“The ability to read is one of the greatest victories life has to offer. Books help kids make positive life decisions. I want to help get books in the hands of all kids.”

                                   -Derrick Thomas


The reality for children living in poverty is that 80% of pre-schools and after school programs do not have a book for every child they serve, and only 1 book for every 300 children is available.


We are always accepting donations of books for our children. If you have gently used books or would like to donate new books for ages 9 to young teen please contact

Charleszetta Shelby at 816-931-5855 or at charleszetta@thirdandlong.org.