HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Inside a warehouse in the Hillsboro School District volunteers sort thousands of books into piles meant for grade school children.
“Horse books, third grade girls?” asked one man. “Definitely, second and third," a woman answers.
The books are destined for low-income kids in Hillsboro. The non-profit group Bazillion Books for Kids reports that low income kids typically have just one book at home and sometimes none. The group collects books from all over the city to donate to children with the hope of inspiring them to read.
Tim Carlisle is Hillsboro High's librarian. He gleefully sorts through the 100,000 books delivered by Bazillion. “What's really fun is finding stories that the kids are really gonna eat up because it is so important that kids have books at home," he said.
Carlisle still remembers his first book. “It was one of those golden books, those kinda cheap little books and it was, it was one of my favorites and I still have it and um, I’ve just loved, I’ve just loved reading ever since," he said.
He's not alone. Cindy Herd can’t wait to get the books to the kids. “I love the books and I love kids," she said.
It’s the last day of May and summer is on the way. In Hillsboro, low-income children will begin the break with gently used books, new to them and full of distant lands to explore with their imaginations.