Read It Forward


Announcing our new Read It Forward program!

Help us get books to families in need

When the Covid 19 crisis forced Belmont Books to close its doors, we worried that we would not only lose our business, but also lose our connection to the great people and neighborhoods surrounding us. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Within minutes, people who had been coming to our store for years started showing up on our website--not just ordering dozens of books, but showering us with messages of thanks and support. It was incredibly moving and filled us with hope.

One large part of our community was left behind, however: those with no reliable access to the Internet and no financial means to buy new books. With schools and libraries closed, after-school programs and community resource centers shut down, children, seniors and whole families were suddenly cut off from the most basic means of learning and entertainment: chapter books, workbooks, novels, biographies, history, science.

To help fill this gap, Belmont Books has created a new book donation program: Read It Forward. In partnership with school and community programs in Belmont, Arlington, Watertown and Waltham (see full list below), Read It Forward will bring new books to children and adults in need.

How does it work? Make a donation of $25, we deliver 3 to 5 children’s books or 1 to 3 adult books through the schools' free lunch programs. Make a donation of $50, we deliver 5 to 7 children’s books or 2 to 4 adult books to these programs.* Or make a donation of any size you want, and we’ll deliver as many books as we can for that amount. The more donations we get, the more books we can deliver.

These are brand new books, handpicked by our booksellers in consultation with local teachers, counselors and other educators, and they will cover everything from beginner readers to large print books for senior citizens.

Books are essential! Donate today and you’ll be helping local kids, seniors and whole families get the books they need, while also helping your local independent bookstore stay afloat during a crisis that is quickly putting many stores out of business.

Thank you for your support!

Belmont Books


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Participating Organizations

Your donations will buy books for students and families receiving free meals via these schools' food services. We are working hard to add other community organizations soon, including programs for senior citizens.

Belmont Public Schools
Arlington Public Schools
Watertown Public Schools

(We hope to add the Waltham Boys & Girls Club and Waltham school meal programs soon.)

Tax Deductions: Sorry, but donations made through Belmont Books are not tax deductible. If you prefer to make a tax deductible donation, we strongly encourage you to contact the partnering organizations directly. Links to their websites and/or contact information are provided above.

* The number of books per donation is an estimate to help guide the donor. The actual number of books will vary depending on the age and reading level of the target readers and the needs of each program, as well as possible price variations from publishers.

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