Tax Deductible Donations

Support renovations and initial costs for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore. Through the DC-based nonprofit, Social Art And Culture (SAAC), all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting this important community project.

Look for an important announcement about CMCB in May.

Donate books you love every Wednesday 5-8pm at 1918 MLK Ave SE WDC 20020 and post pics of books you love with the hashtags #WeLuvBooks.


Nothing to Read on Their Own

“Children who live in poverty have fewer books in their home, sometimes none. Fewer books in their neighborhood, fewer bookstores. They go to schools with inferior classroom libraries, school libraries, etc. You can have the best teaching in the world, and it’s not going to help when children are hungry, undernourished, ill, and have nothing to read on their own.

“The more people read for pleasure – free voluntary reading – the higher their literacy scores. We have an astonishing amount or research showing this is true. You can have the best teaching in the world, and it’s not going to help when children are ill, undernourished, and have nothing to read on their own.
— Dr. Steven Krashen, professor emeritus, USC

Below is a short, clear overview of Dr. Krashen’s findings about access to books, condensing decades researching in the field. His presentation is directed to the need for classroom and school libraries, but his research also relates to the need for bookstores and general access to books.

For more details, see the full report Krashen presented Why Invest in Libraries (PDF) to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (2/11/14).

Thanks to Dr. Jesse Turner, professor of Literacy, Elementary, and Early Childhood Education at Central Connecticut State University, for sharing this source.

May 27 Memorial Cookout

May 27, 2017. We Act Radio. Memorial Cookout and Bookstore Launch

Some of those joining together for community bookstore launch event: Courtney Davis (L), teacher and author of A is for Anacostia; Thomas Byrd, Education Town Hall Radio Host; fellow Ballou SHS alum, musician Sugar Bear; We Act Radio co-founder, Kymone Freeman. Front right: radio host LJM, who organized much of the event.

Picture Books and Their Consequences

“The average child growing up in a middle-class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading. The average child growing up in a less economically stable family, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading.” (J. McQuillan, The literacy crisis: False claims, real solutions. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998.)

“Because low-income children have limited access to books, they also likely miss out on the stimulating parent-child interactions around books and stories, in particular, the read-aloud. and without the read-aloud, children are deprived of the opportunity to learn about their world, acquire more sophisticated vocabulary beyond their everyday language, and understand how decontextualized language works, which is the beginning of abstracting information from print.”

From Make Every Student Count
Family and Community Engagement 2013 Research Compendium

Read the “Access to Books” section  of the report (PDF)

from FACE Research Compendium

(This is a compendium of research produced by many scholars in many circumstances; however,  note that FACE is sponsored by Scholastic Books, an organization with an obvious interest in proliferation of books.)