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The Lisa Libraries, based on Kingston NY, donates new children’s books and helps establish small libraries for organizations that work with kids in low-income or underserved areas. Founded in 1990, the Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children’s book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, homeless shelters, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. Since its founding, the Lisa Libraries has contributed over 500,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.  Visit the website ( for easy application criteria. While book donations are free, the Lisa Libraries request that recipient organizations cover shipping costs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.