At the age of six, Blake Ansari decided to help end poverty by donating a Blake Mini Library to homeless shelters and food banks. Young children are invited to participate in youth philanthropy by joining Blake’s efforts to bring the joy of reading to homeless children. Help to fill the rainbow-colored shelves of the Blake Mini Library at Hamilton Families in San Francisco by donating your new and recently new books (no cloth books, please) to children from birth to age 21.
Blake Mini Library supports the reading, writing and science literacy of children ages birth to 21 living in homes for runaways, homeless shelters and foster care. After New York City, San Francisco has the second highest rate of homeless children in the nation.
In 2016, Hamilton Family Center, San Francisco and Riverside Church Food Pantry, New York City were recipients of a Blake Mini Library.
In 2017, the students at Rooftop School take the Mannequin Challenge and invite their friends to join their efforts on behalf of Blake Mini Library at Hamilton Families.
The students at Rooftop School invite their friends to join their efforts to share their love of reading and books. This year, the Blake Mini Library at Hamilton Families celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage with the donation of a special collection of children’s books that share the important stories of #monumentalwomen.
The fourth annual Blake Mini Library book drive for the Hamilton Family Shelter Program received the invaluable support of the student councils at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School and Rooftop Alternative Pre-K-8 School. Thanks to our many kind friends and neighbors who donated books, and our deepest appreciation to children’s book author/illustrator Ashley Wolff, who surprised Blake Mini Library with a very special gift — a brand new logo!
In 2020, please share your compassion and creativity, in celebration of our 5th annual Blake Mini Library Book Drive! The theme for this year’s book drive is “Breaking Barriers”!
In 2021, a global pandemic creates a few changes for how we conduct our annual Blake Mini Library Book Drive, but the goal remains the same – connecting to our best selves, as we encourage a love of reading for all children.