What We Do

Teen Literacy Events and Teen Literacy Centers across Los Angeles.

Teen Literacy Events

The Book Truck holds Literacy Events throughout Los Angeles and every year, we give thousands of books to teens in underserved communities. We bring our truck to events at high schools and teen service organizations all over the city. The Book Truck also plans special visits to larger youth resource fairs such as United Friends of the Children’s College Within Reach and Foster Care Counts’ Foster Mother’s Day Celebration. Our Literacy Events are staffed by trained teen volunteers who come from all across LA, including from the communities we serve.

If you are interested in inviting The Book Truck to your school or organization’s event, apply online.

Teen Literacy Centers

We are pleased to announce that we are now building interactive Literacy Centers for teens. These centers are equipped with literacy materials and a complete giveaway library. We utilize trained teen volunteers to put together and maintain these centers so that they remain relevant and accessible to teens in the communities served. Our Lit Centers remove the barriers to reading so that even the most reluctant reader picks up a book.

As always, we give books with a “no strings attached” policy. Because our goal is to get books into the community, kids are welcome to return and exchange books from the collection, share them with peers in their neighborhood, or keep them for themselves.

Learn more by contacting us.

What our teens are saying.

“I think reading is important because it expands our minds and gives us a new perspective on life. It also helps us forget about our problems and have a good educational experience.”


“It helps me imagine things that take me out of reality. Read to Dream.”


“Reading is important because it’s another world you can escape to.  I read so that I can stay away from drugs.”


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