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Jen Soalt Executive Director of BookMentors

I am a former urban teacher and literacy coach. I recently founded BookMentors. a nonprofit which connects teachers and students who need books with donors who want to purchase new books for schools. Our website launches in June of 2012. We currently have a webpage where you can find out more about the project and leave contact information: www.bookmentors.org.

BookMentors is intended to be a place where readers, teachers, librarians, writers, and publishers can exchange ideas about their favorite books, as well as actual books. The idea for BookMentors grew out of my struggle to find books for my students in Lowell, MA, and out of my interest in children's and YA literature.

I hold an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in English from University of Virginia.

Please share information about BookMentors with friends and colleagues. BookMentors is truly a grassroots project, which will on succeed if lots of teachers and donors participate and spread the word about how we can work together to help diminish problems with book access.

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