We are facing an alarming literacy crisis in our region: only 33% of fourth-grade students in Michigan are proficient readers​.  When households have 100 or more books in them, reading and literacy rates improve. However, Southeastern Michigan households fall well short of that mark. In Wayne County, only 19 percent of households have 100 more books. Only one in three households in Macomb and Oakland counties meet that number. Together, we can promote reading in schools and communities to drive student achievement and success. Please view the following slides to learn more about this crisis and how this important effort can change the lives of our children’s future.

In their final months as chairs of the Tocqueville Society, Hans-Werner and Anke Kaas call upon you to please join us in donating 150 books to fill one Little-Free-Library located in one of our region’s book deserts. In addition, we have set a goal to raise $50,000 to support five book fairs in schools located in these deserts. The Kaas’ ask that you join them as they personally pledge match gifts for this purpose up to $25,000. Click here to read the Kaas’ full statement.

Anke and Hans-Werner Kaas

Ways to take action



Triple the impact of your gift!

Donate to help bring Scholastic book fairs to students, and through our partnership with Scholastic, triple the impact of your dollar. Your gift will help provide an opportunity for children to select a minimum of five books to take home, keep and share with their families, free of charge. Please enter your information below to donate or read on to learn how you can donate books directly.


Interested in donating a personal favorite or giving books directly? You may donate books of your own choosing by ordering them online and shipping them to the following address:

180 Church
13660 Stansbury Ave.
Detroit, MI 48227

Click here to view the recommended books list.

You may use any third party vendor of your choosing but please consider one of the following local business:


You may also donate physical children’s books that are new or gently used. Please review our recommended book list. To confirm a drop-off location and time for physical books please contact Leora Bernard at Leora.Bernard@UnitedWaySEM.org.