The Read Freely Project 2024

Read Freely Project 2024

Donate today for The Read Freely Project through The Cabin

Find out more about the Read Freely Project here.

 

The Read Freely Volunteer Application is live! 

 


2024 Read Freely Project Book Picks

Here are the five chosen books for this year's Read Freely Project. Read them, sign up as a volunteer to give them out, and even sponsor a bag for $100!

 

1. Mascot by Charles Waters and Traci Sorrell

Book club - 6/18/2024, Java Downtown - for more information click on book cover image.

Mascot by Charles Waters and Traci Sorrell

 

2. Victory. Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, Dawud Anyabwile

Book club - 7/25/2024, Java Downtown - for more information click on book cover image.

Victory. Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile

 

3. This is Ear Hustle by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

Book club - 5/28/2024, Meriwether Cider, Garden City - for more information click on book cover image.

This is Ear Hustle by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods

 

4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 

Book club - 7/31/2024, Java Downtown - for more information click on book cover image.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

5. Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

 


What is The Read Freely Project?

A Partnership Between Rediscovered Books and The Cabin 

From one hand to the next, The Read Freely Project aims to connect people through books and break down barriers by putting some of the rich and diverse stories all around us in the people's hands. This project is about providing access to books and stories that reflect relevant issues and voices without constraint. Our right to read widely and without censorship—from authors outside our experience to the unknown and unexpected—is a freedom not to be taken lightly.  

This includes an emphasis on the authors and stories that are different from our own, often unheard, and sometimes even banned. Our Read Freely Volunteers will give away hundreds of books ten books at a time. 

How it works:

1. Sign up to be a Read Freely Volunteer and choose one of the titles on our Read Freely Book List (you may not get your first choice).

2. Fill out our online registration form (open now!)

3. Pick up your books on one of the launch dates (August 1st or September 15th)

4. Give away your books!

This is a FREE program.  

The only catch? We want people to give these books away in person!  Whether they are people you love, friendly acquaintances, or strangers at your favorite gym or coffee shop; we find that the best conversations are started when we physically hand books to peoplePlease no online giveaways, established Book Clubs, or Little Free Libraries.

Since we began this project in 2021, we have given out about 4,000 books to the Treasure Valley. 

This year, we are hoping for 100 volunteers to give out 1,000 books. In order to do that, we are working on raising $10,000. 

Because of the amazing support at our Kick Off Party, we have already raised over $7,000! 

 

How Can You Help?

There are several ways you can help with this project:

  1. Fund the Project!
    1. Donate to this project through The Cabin.  You can donate at any time. Donations are tax deductible.
    2. Sponsor a Bag:  Donate $100 or more and you can sponsor a bag of 10 copies of a book of your choosing from our list. You or your organization will be credited with the donation. Make sure to write the name and any inscription you want written in the books in the Donation Notes when you donate. 
    3. Purchase Read Freely Merchandise: Spread the word with our Read Freely stickers and t-shirts 
      1. Purchase a READ FREELY sticker (or lots of them!) for yourself and for your friends, family, and random strangers.
      2. Purchase  “Read Freely” t-shirts. Proceeds will support the purchase of books for the project.

                               

  1. Be a Read Freely Volunteer!
    1. Sign up to be a Read Freely Volunteer to give away 10 copies of your chosen book when registration opens on April 29, 2023
    2. Receive approval on your application (may take a few weeks).
    3. Pick up your books at your chosen location and date (July 1st, August 1st, or September 1st).
    4. Give away the books!

 

If you would like to host a #ReadFreely Book club of your own in May, June, July,  you can bulk purchase 10+ copies of your book choice at a 20% discount.  Offer expires 7/31/2024.

More people reading more books and talking about them opens the path for more connections and conversations between people.

Let's build more bridges together and get ready to #ReadFreely!

 


The 2023 Read Freely Book List

These are the eight books we chose for 2023. Each one of these books shines a light on the complex and diverse world around us, books we want to share with our community to help start conversations and bring us together.