The Indigenous Community Book Program (ICBP)
The Indigenous Community Book Program was founded in 2013
WHAT DOES THE ICBP DO?
This program is dedicated to supplying free books and educational resources to Indigenous communities around Australia (with particular emphasis on the more populous Indigenous states of Australia, such as Queensland and New South Wales). One of the biggest beneficiaries of the program has been the Toowoomba and Cherbourg areas in Queensland. These two towns alone have received more than 10,000 free books from the program in the last two years.
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE PROGRAM
The aim of the program is break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage that is being experienced by this community by helping them achieve acceptable literacy standards , and break the achievement gap in schools, by offering students and schools a year round free book supply.
WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BASIS OF THE PROGRAM
The ICBP program coordinators began this initiative 4 years ago when they realised that there are too many Indigenous children coming to school who have never opened, let alone owned a book.
The program believes heavily in the principles and theories espoused by Nobel Prize Winner for Economics Professor James Heckman. The Heckman program looks at building a familial reading regime that is dedicated to ensuring young children have a vocabulary of a minimum of 1000 words before they start school. Without such infrastructure children are a heavy risk of failing to understand and succeed at school.
This philosophy is at the basis of our Book program and Tutorial mentoring. As such we believe in providing free books to families, schools and local reading groups, so they can read more often to their young children. By reading to our children, and/or allowing them to read more often, we grow an atmosphere of literature, literacy and academic understanding and growth. We also invest in reading groups, mentors and tutorial groups to ensure more children are read too, encouraged to read, and learn how to write, read and spell.
Such expansion of vocabulary, reading, spelling and writing skills will ensure an individual’s personal development to gain academic success, and subsequent economic and personal self-determination.
HOW THE PROGRAM OPERATES
Our program is kept simple. Donations are accepted and gathered at collection points and collections days (held once a month at a variety of centres – all of which are published on our website). These resources are then collected and stored in our warehouse, and then sorted, boxed and processed by volunteers for distribution. Our distribution is either direct, with one of our people taking resources to an organisation or community in need. Of the distribution is by freight to an organisation or community that is in need. These larger distributions are networked by GCC and a receiving GCC representative or community representative. Our shipments are then processed to families, schools or local groups in need of more educational resources. In the main GCC relies on community contacts and our own Indigenous teams of contacts to facilitate our shipments.
Aunty Sharon Hughes meets Pete & Kerryn at the Ringwood Book Donation Day at the Ringwood Uniting Church in April 2017
WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM GET ITS BOOKS FROM?
Our books and educational resources are primarily donated to us by writers, media companies, schools, churches, and service organisations. Although we have written, designed and published a wide range of books ourselves in the last few years. All of these new and old books, and the wide range of electronic and paper educational resources head to our warehouse and are then distributed to our beneficiaries.
GCC secretary David Perrin meets the Kyle Family – donors of nearly 1000 books to the program
WHAT IS OUR BOOK DONATION POLICY?
We ask for NEW or VERY LOVED (second-hand) books. We wish to give our communities the best possible books.
* We do NOT want broken or inappropriate books.
* As you can understand sending us books that are broken, missing pages, scribbled on or simply inappropriate books (that do not qualify because they are Adult in nature) will only cost us time, effort and money to weed these books out of our shipments.
As such please respect our needs and our desire to gift the best possible books to our beneficiaries.
* Also due to weight and cost considerations – we do not accept encyclopedias or text books.
Our focus is to provide a significant and consistent supply of books to Indigenous communities, many of which simply do NOT have enough books for their kids to read, or indeed to stock their local libraries. With your sensible and generous assistance, together we can make a real difference.
We particularly ask donors to consider children’s non fiction books that would suit an audience aged between 0-10 years. We focus on books for ages 0-5, 6-9, 10-14, 15-19 years. Books that fit into these categories will help us supply our beneficiary townships and connections.
If you are unsure about these considerations please do not hesitate in contacting us via email at email@example.com
Some of the books that have been donated to our national book drive
WHERE DOES THE PROGRAM DONATE ITS RESOURCES TOO?
Our books and educational resources are donated to Indigenous communities around Australia that are in desperate need of books and educational resources. Over the last few years many of our books have been directed to Queensland and New South Wales. If you are interested in seeing some more media on these deliveries please head to our NEWS section of our website.
Mainfreight has been one of the very generous pro-bono carriers of our books
HOW CAN I DONATE TO THE PROGRAM?
Donations of money and books are welcome.
To donate MONEY to our program please move to the home page and tap the donate button. This will move you to a secure payment portal. All donations of money over $2 are fully tax deductible.
To donate BOOKS to our program please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a drop off point or collection by GCC. We will also let you know about our Book Donation days. Please see below for details of dates:
Come along to these specific days and donate your books:
UPCOMING BOOK DONATION DAYS
CASTLEMAINE – details to be announced
GEELONG – details to be announced
BALLARAT – Volunteer driven collections from homes and offices continues. All pickups by appointment please email us for a pick up.
RINGWOOD – Volunteer driven collection from homes and offices continues. All pickups by appointment please email us for a pick up.
PAST BOOK DONATION DAYS
2pm – 5pm – 7 APRIL 2017
Ringwood Uniting Church, 30 Station Street, Ringwood.
This book day was a great success with 1204 books donated.
1pm-3pm – 21 MARCH 2017
Ballarat South Community Hub, Tuppen Street, Sebastopol (behind Phoenix College, Sebastopol.
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH THE PROGRAM?
Anyone and any organisation can volunteer to help our program. All potential volunteers should apply in writing via email. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator – email@example.com
We have a Book Sorting days scheduled each month
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team please email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Some of the 85 volunteers from Golden Key Honour Society at
one of our Book Packing Days
PARTNERS OF THE PROGRAM
Golden Key Honour Society of Australia
Golden Key Honour Society of Swinburne University, Melbourne
Golden Key Honour Society of Victoria University, Melbourne
Golden Key Honour Society of RMIT, Melbourne,
Lions Club of Australia
Rotary Clubs of Australia
Indigenous Community Volunteers
Footys4All – www.footys4all.com
Ballarat South Community Hub
Haileybury College – Berwick Campus
Castlemaine Community House
Ringwood Uniting Church
SPONSORS OF THE PROGRAM
The Montagu Whamond Charitable Fund
ANZ Staff Foundation
City of Darebin
City of Casey
Alfred Felton Bequest
FOR MORE INFORMATION – CONTACT US
Those interested in seeking more information about the Indigenous Community Book Program please email us at email@example.com