At Link to Libraries, we don’t just think that books can change the world, we know it. How? Because the research is clear. Increasing a child’s access to books is one of the most effective ways to create and inspire young readers, and learning to read proficiently is a child’s best chance for success in school and in life. By increasing their access to books at home and in school, Link to Libraries strives to inspire young readers and enhance the language and literacy skills of children of all cultural backgrounds.
Since our inception in 2008, Link to Libraries has put over 500,000 new books into the hands and homes of school children, the vast majority of whom have never previously owned a book.
While we are proud to have touched the lives of so many, we are challenged by the ever-increasing need in our communities. Through the support of our volunteers and the generosity of individuals and local businesses in the communities we serve, our ability to impact the lives of underprivileged children increases exponentially.
We hope that you will take a moment to explore the different programs we offer and the many different ways in which you might get involved. Our volunteers range in age from 4-80 years old, and there is a wide variety of ways in which to help based on your interests and the time you have to give. It takes a village to ensure that children in need in our community are given every chance for success. We thank you, from the bottom of our bookish hearts, for your support.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Link To Libraries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 2008, whose mission is to collect and distribute new and gently used books to elementary school libraries and non-profit organizations and to enhance the language and literacy skills of children of all cultural backgrounds.
About Our Co-Founders
Susan Jaye-Kaplan is a Western Massachusetts entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of The Women's Leadership Network, a professional women's support group and Go FIT(c), a health and wellness program for youth and women in underserved communities. Susan also founded the Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club (PVWRC), the region's only all-women's running club and foundation, which currently has over 83 members. A well-known public speaker, Susan often speaks at conferences and colleges about collaboration and marketing strategies for not-for-profit organizations. She has been featured in Runner's World Magazine and in numerous books and articles on wellness and healthy lifestyle. Susan is the recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award.
Janet M. Crimmins is a graduate of Elms College in Chicopee, MA and holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a licensed Speech and Language Therapist providing communication intervention to children ages 3 - 12 years. Ms. Crimmins specializes in promoting early childhood literacy skills, enhancing language and social pragmatic skills and providing specialized techniques to teachers and parents.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
-Victor Hugo, Les Miserables