We have a goal to collect 5,000 books for Puyallup School District students to have while schools are closed. 

Update May 27

We have collected over 5,000 books! The books were assembled into mini libraries that are now on their way to all 22 elementary schools and will be available for families to pick up with their weekly meals next week!

Why 5,000 books?

Students across the country are facing an unprecedented challenge. The closure of public schools, while absolutely necessary, has disrupted routines for all. For those children who rely on the safety net that schools – teachers, counselors, support staff, administrators, and volunteers – provide, this is a devastating time.

We are all being asked to decide what is ‘essential’. We limit our expenditures to essential items. We only take essential trips. The Book Barn, a project for Communities In Schools of Puyallup, believes that READING IS ESSENTIAL. That means books are essential.

In support of the Puyallup School District’s plan for continuous learning, Communities In Schools of Puyallup is continuing its mission to surround students with a community of support. Become a part of that community today. Support Project Book Barn and help put books into the hands of students.

Our goal is to collect at least 5,000 books to distribute to students of low-income families across the district.

How you can help

Donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books!

We will be doing drive by donations at Abbey Carpet’s Warehouse the following days:

Monday, May 18th from 4-6PM

Wednesday, May 20th from 4-6PM

Friday, May 22nd from 4-6PM

Support this project financially


Directions to Drop off Books: Located at Abbey Carpet Warehouse, on Step by Step property. Address: 3308 8th Ave SE Bldg. E. Puyallup, WA 98372. From Downtown Puyallup: Travel east on Pioneer Way East. Turn Left onto 33rd St SE. Follow 33rd past the warehouses, turn right into parking lot. Turn right after passing the first warehouse, this will bring you to where we are collecting books!

Why Project Book Barn?

We all know that it is important for kids to have books while schools are closed. But we also know that we have to practice caution not to further the spread of COVID-19. 

According to the CDC, the coronavirus  can survive on paper or cardboard for no longer than 48 hours. So, books that are donated will spend a mandatory 48 hours in quarantine in a barn before being distributed! Not a bad place to quarantine, don’t you think?