Parnassus Books is pleased to host a shopping night for friends of Book 'Em on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The is a free event where folks will have a chance to get some Christmas shopping done while supporting a local organization that provides Nashville's kids with the opportunity to select free books for their home library. A portion of the proceeds for all sales during the event will be donated to Book'em, and customers will have the opportunity to make additional direct monetary donations to Book'em during the event. All are welcome, registration not required.
Book’em's mission is to create a more literate Nashville and ignite children’s passion for reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.
Book’em began in 1989 when four women (Lee Fairbend, Karen Estevez-Gill, Georgeanne Chapman, and Ruth Ann Harnisch) united to find opportunities to assist the local chapter of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the largest non-profit children's literacy organization in the United States, in meeting its needs for books and volunteers. Books were collected and distributed through the Christmas Clearing Bureau, and eventually these distributions were expanded to schools and community organizations - Books for Nashville's Kids was born. Book'em grew through the years, distributing tens of thousands of books annually and adding Ready for Reading, a volunteer-based reading program in early learning centers. Book’em merged with RIF in 2006, and now administers the RIF program in 15 Title I Metro Nashville elementary schools.