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My Summer Library is a program coordinated by United Way of Tucson that works to distribute 12 free books to thousands of children at local schools for them to keep. This work is geared to promote literacy and to help mitigate summer learning loss. For many children, these will be the first books they own. After schools closed in March of 2020, we had to find new ways of delivering more than 24,000 books safely to 14 partner schools. Since schools were closed, many of the books were first delivered from Scholastic warehouse to My Summer Library program manager Jessica Novak’s home garage. She and her son, Anderson, sorted and boxed thousands of books to be delivered to each individual school. They showed their true commitment to education and their willingness to help reach students in need.