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WELCOME TO THE BFK VIRTUAL 5K WALK/RUN!

Try to remember
the last book that...

Moved you to laughter.
Moved you to action.
Moved your soul.
Moved your feet.

Books move us in countless ways, no matter our age or circumstances. Now, we're asking you to lace up your shoes and help make books available to children who need access to the books that will help move them through life in ways big and small, both now and as they grow.

Please join us in celebration of our students and of the books that move us.

 Ready to get involved? 

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Consider naming your team after a book that meant a lot to you as a kid.

Ex: Team Hungry Caterpillar (Your Name Here)

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Head this way to register so you can participate, both as a fundraiser and a runner/walker, or to support a team!

Thanks to the generosity of a Books for Kids board member, your gift will go twice as far! Take advantage of a $40,000 dollar-for-dollar match while funds are available.

Jump to important FAQS for Participants and Donors

Want to have your photos featured on our website and Instagram? Send photos of you training for and/or participating in the virtual 5K to Samantha at ssalloway@booksforkids.org

Team Spotlights!

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Team: Run Wild

Team Leader: Jill Nickels

Where are they participating: Marin County in California

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

I love your mission of developing early readers to promote literacy.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

In the beautiful trails of Marin County, on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Running, biking and just being outdoors

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

I'm a regular at our local libraries.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

Surprisingly my parents never read, but I was always hiding away to read, even as a young child. I remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Beckler, saying first you learn to read, then you read to learn. I have always remembered that.


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Point Reyes Bookstore

A book you've read more than once:

None. So many books to get to, why read one twice!

An audiobook you loved:

Harry Potter series. We covered hundreds of road miles when our 3 kids were young listening to Harry Potter on audio.

A book you're currently reading:

The Book of Longings by  Sue Monk Kidd and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A book on your "to read" list:

Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

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Team Leader: Natalia Wojcik

Where are they participating: Queens, NY

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

The impact that books had on my own life. As soon as I finished college I was ready to find a way to give back and foster a love of reading in the next generations. There's a lot to anyone's life story, but I know that I would never ever have gotten to where I am without an early love of reading instilled into me. Books are life-changing, in so many ways.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Running my 5K around my hometown borough of Queens! The more I travel, the more I appreciate what a truly unique and special place Queens is.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Daily morning workouts and hiking

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

YES! I am literally at my local public library on a weekly basis and my friends make fun of me for it. When looking for apartments, the distance to the nearest library was a major factor, I have to admit. I have also egged on family members to get library cards as well, just so I can check out and request 2x as many books.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

My parents, and the many teachers who let me read during their classes.


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Books Are Magic

A book you've read more than once:

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

An audiobook you loved:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A book you're currently reading:

Klara by Iza Kuna, Hate Inc by Matt Taibbi, and The Plot by Jean Korelitz

A book on your "to read" list:

Metropolis by Ben Wilson

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Team: The Runaway Bunnies

Team Leader: Robin Adelson (BFK's very own Executive Director!)

Where are they participating: NYC,  along the East River

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

Books for Kids addresses the achievement gap in its formative stages and offers an effective way to break the cycle of poverty by making sure underserved preschool-aged children receive the resources they need to be successful in school and life. Those who remain underserved are often far behind their wealthier peers before they even start kindergarten and the gap typically widens over time. The Books for Kids model is a smart solution that I'm honored to help promote and make happen.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

I'll be walking along the East River in NYC. I imagine the water to be much cleaner than it is and somehow that's always made for a highly contemplative and therapeutic walk.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

As luck would have it, walking!

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Yes! The Webster Branch of NYPL is right down the street.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
That would have to be my mom. Not only did she introduce me to the Secret Garden when I was much younger but she also remembered how much I loved it and brought me to see it when it opened on Broadway many years later. And then there was the introduction to Winnie the Pooh...


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

I love McNally Jackson and have a real soft spot for Books Are Magic in Brooklyn.

A book you've read more than once:
Every book I read to my children when they were younger. Notable titles included The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Kissing Hand, Stellaluna, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

An audiobook you loved:

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

A book you're currently reading:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

A book on your "to read" list:

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

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Steven Fuchs wearing a books for kids mask in an NYC subway 1 train station

Team: The Funcasters

Team Leader: Steven Fuchs

Where are they participating: Riverside Park in NYC

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

Years ago, I participated in a 5 Year strategic plan consultancy with BFK. While I have created strategic plans for many Not For Profits, I was uniquely enthralled by the mission of THIS organization and felt compelled to get more involved as a board member.

 

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Riverside Park. It is wonderful to run along our family jogging route with friends and feel their support for the important work that BFK does. 

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Absolutely. I am a trustee/treasurer at The Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT. It is the heart and soul of the community.

 

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
Ms. Elizabeth Morgan my 5th grade teacher. She was “old school." I respected her and wanted to do well for her sense of pride in her students.


A book you've read more than once:
Time and Again by Jack Finney

Team: The Super Sonic Soles

Team Leader: Tiffany Gordon (BFK's very own Development & Administrative Assistant!)

Where are they participating: NYC,  Central Park

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

A strong love of both books and helping others

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Most likely Central Park. I have been going there since I was very young and through all seasons I love it! There is always so much to see and so many people and animals enjoying it makes it worthwhile too.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Working out at home, dancing, and walking my dog.

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

Not for awhile because of current events but my favorite NYPL is the 96th street location.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

My loving parents!


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

That is a hard toss up between BOOKS Kinokuniya and Freebird Books & Goods.

A book you've read more than once:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

An audiobook you loved:

The River by T. Beulieu

A book you're currently reading:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

A book on your "to read" list:

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Team: Paula's Page Turners

Team Leader: Paula Rizzo

Where are they participating: NYC

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

As an author, I've made my living through writing and reading. As a child the library was one of my favorite places and I realize that books aren't as accessible to some kids. I wanted to be part of the movement to change that.

 

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

I'm a New Yorker. I love to walk and walk everywhere! I wanted to put my favorite mode of transportation to good use!

What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Walking and yoga! 

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Yes! New York Public Library on 67th Street is my favorite!

 

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
My mother. She would always enroll me in book clubs or reading programs at the public library and I'm forever grateful


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Shakespeare & Co - Upper East Side

A book you've read more than once:
Paul's Christmas Birthday by Carol Carrick

 

An audiobook you loved:

Taste by Stanley Tucci

A book you're currently reading:

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert

A book on your "to read" list:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Where are our participants?

The joy of a virtual 5K walk/run is not only safety, but that people with a shared mission can join in from wherever they are!

NYC- 7 teams

Greater Boston- 1 team
San Francisco- 1 team

Your city?

Frequently Asked Questions for Participants

What is a "virtual" 5K walk/run?


This is the 4th annual BFK 5K walk/run and our second time doing it virtually! The 5K has been an incredibly successful fundraiser for Books for Kids, and participants over the last three years have found it both deeply fullfilling and fun! Rather than cancel due to COVID, we decided to do what we do best: adapt! How we fundraise may be changing, but the need is not. In fact, the need is only growing. A virtual 5K means you can participate from anywhere you feel safe to do so, be it your street, your local park, or even your treadmill! A 5K is equivalent to about 3.2 miles. All ages, genders, and abilities are able to participate, and you can also participate on your own time any day between October 22nd and 24th. Whether you walk your course alone, run socially-distanced, or amble with your COVID "pod," we wanted to make it as easy as possible to get involved this year. We also hope to create a similar feeling of community by using our Instagram (@booksforkidsorg) to share photos, stories, and victories from those who join in and those who show their support. So keep your eye out for updates!




How do I start my own team or fundraiser?


Thank you for participating! We're so glad to have you join us. To create a team page or individual fundraiser, head to https://booksforkids.kindful.com/booksmoveus5k and follow these steps:
1. Click the "create a team" button at the top of the cause page.

2. Sign in or register for a new account.

3. From here, you can customize your fundraising goal, your team name, page quote, and "about" language. This can all be changed at any time. NOTE: For those who want to fundraise as individuals: you do not have to fundraise as part of a team and you are welcome to simply put your name in the "team name" box.
NOTE: For those who want to create a team: The page you are creating now will be the team home page and you will be the Team Leader. You will also have a PERSONAL fundraising page as a team member.

4. Next, you can choose your team's theme colors, profile picture, and header image/video. This can all be changed at any time. You might consider naming and themeing your team around a book that meant a lot to you as a child!

5. From the next page, you can choose to spread the word via Twitter and Facebook, view your new page, or invite people to join your team if you intend to make this a team effort. If you invite people from this page, you can customize your email language and choose which email addresses you would like to send to.

6. When you view your page, you will first see the "editor" version of your Team Page where you can make changes and adjust settings. If you would like to view the public version of your Team Page, click the "Public Team Page" button. Here are some settings you may wish to adjust from the editor page: - Team Name - Team Quote - Team About - Profile Photo - Profile Header Image/Video
7. Under "Edit Team Info" you can adjust: - Your goal - Whether you would like to have the ability to invite others to join your team or fundraise as an individual - Your theme colors
NOTE: If you are fundraising as part of a team, team goals are divided equally among all team members. They cannot create their own individual goals.
8. If your intent is to create a team and you are a Team Leader, you should also customize your Personal Page. Your team members will be able to customize their Personal Pages but will not be able to edit the team page. Finally, if you plan to organize an in-person gathering, be sure to communicate with members of your team to find an ideal time and place to complete your 5K together. See "How do I participate in person?" in the FAQ for a few ideas.




How do I invite others to join my team?


You can invite others during or after the creation of your team page. Once the page is created, you will see the option "Invite Team Member" on the upper right hand side of your fundraising page's editor screen. You can only invite members from this screen one at a time.




Is this 5K competitive?


Overall, this year's 5K does not have a competition element. That said, for those who are motivated by a little competition, participants are encouraged to send us their completion times for their 5K. We will share and shout the 5 participants with the fastest race time and the 5 top fundraisers on our Instagram.




Do I have to pay to participate or reach a minimum fundraising amount?


No! It is free to participate in this year's 5K walk/run. When you sign up as a participant the default fundraising goal is set to $500. You can change this at anytime through your page settings, and raising more is always encouraged!




How do people donate to my fundraiser?


You are encouraged to share the direct link to your Personal Fundraising Page or Team Page with potential donors. You can find this link in the url box at the top of your browser when you are on your public fundraising page. It will look like this: https://www.booksforkids.kindful.com/virtual5k2020/your-team-name. When people give directly through your fundraising page, we can be sure you get all the credit you're due and that it counts toward your fundraising goal.

NOTE: When you have more than one team member, donors can pick which team member to credit their gift to. If you are fundraising as an individual or do not yet have more than yourself on your team, this option will not be present and the credit will automatically go to you.

NOTE: Please do not share the "general donation" link on the general cause page (https://booksforkids.kindful.com/virtual5k2020) as it will not credit your team or personal fundraiser!




How will the money I raise be used?


Your gift will go so incredibly far toward helping us support our youngest readers as we help them develop their emergent literacy skills. Books for Kids promotes literacy among preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. We create libraries and implement literacy programs in order to help children develop the critical early literacy and social-emotional skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

We imagine a nation where every child from birth to Kindergarten is surrounded by books, has an adult who reads with them every day, and has access to high-quality early education that provides a foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning. Your support helps bring this vision closer to reality.
Especially during this difficult school year when our students and their families must face both new and exacerbated challenges due to COVID, your support helps us keep our virtual programming up and running so that we reach as many of our students as possible. Your gift also helps us be ready to pivot back and forth from in-person learning to remote as needed to keep our students, partners, and staff safe. All donations to the Books for Kids Virtual 5K Walk/Run are 100% tax deductible.




How do I spread the word about my fundraiser?


On each team page there are social share buttons you can use to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. It populates a prewritten post that you can customize. It's always effective for your loved ones, friends, and colleagues to hear from you directly about your participation and why you support this cause. As much as they care about supporting emergent literacy among all children, they also care about YOU. So reach out from the heart, whether in a phone call, email, social post, or (safely) in person, and let them know why reaching your goal is so important to you.




I've been invited to join a team! What do I do?


We're so excited to have you with us!

Follow the prompts to sign in or sign up for a new account. You'll then be brought to your team's page. On the upper right hand side you will see a link for "Personal Page" which is where you can customize the following:
- Your name - Your profile photo - Your about and quote areas To spread the word and ask for donations, share the link to either your personal Public Page or your Public Team Page! If you share the team page and someone clicks "donate now," they will have the option to choose which team member to credit with their gift. If you share your personal Public Page, credit will automatically go to you. To participate, reach out to your team leader for details on when and where to meet if the team is planning to gather in person. NOTE: You cannot customize your own fundraising goal. The team's goal is split between all members.

NOTE: Please do not share the "general donation" link on the general cause page ( https://booksforkids.kindful.com/booksmoveus5k) as it will not credit your team or personal fundraiser!




How do I participate in person? This isn't a "virtual reality" thing, is it?


No virtual reality here (unless that's your thing! In which case, send us pictures.) Participants will walk and run wherever they are. We're so glad that this year more people will be able to safely gather outdoors to walk and run in support of literacy for all. While we ask that people still be mindful of their neighbors and promote good safety habits, we're thrilled that so many people intend to partcipate in small groups this year. If you are a team leader, consider picking a place to walk that is open, safe, and easy for your team members to get to. Whether you're planning a gathering in Riverside Park in beautiful NYC or have chosen to set your starting mark on a favorite street that (conveniently) leads to your favorite restaurant, it is up to you where you'd like to join in! If you've been invited to join a team that plans to meet in person, you should coordinate with the team leader to find out the location and date/time details. If you're a solo participant, the possiblities are endless! Whether you go for a walk in the woods or for a jaunt on the treadmill, we're glad to have you as part of OUR team. If you feel comfortable doing so, please let us know the city and state where you'll be participating so we can add the pin to our map and send us pictures for our website and social media. We may all be apart, but the sense of community when people join together for a cause is palpable.





 

Frequently Asked Questions for Donors

How do I support my loved one/friend/colleague who is participating?


You are encouraged to make your gift directly on the personal fundraising page of the person you wish to support. You may have received a link from the participant (It will look like: https://www.booksforkids.kindful.com/booksmoveus5k/their-team-name), or you may find their fundraising page on the cause homepage directory (which you'll find at https://www.booksforkids.kindful.com/booksmoveus5k). When you give directly through their fundraising page, we can be sure they get all the credit they're due and that it counts toward their fundraising goal.

Please only give through the "general donation" button at the top of the cause page if you don't have a specific team you are supporting and wish to support the Books for Kids Virtual 5K in general.




How is my donation used and is it tax deductible?


All donations to the Books for Kids Virtual 5K Walk/Run are 100% tax deductible. Your gift will go so incredibly far toward helping us support our youngest readers as we help them develop their emergent literacy skills. Books for Kids promotes literacy among preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. We create libraries and implement literacy programs in order to help children develop the critical early literacy and social-emotional skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

We imagine a nation where every child from birth to Kindergarten is surrounded by books, has an adult who reads with them every day, and has access to high-quality early education that provides a foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning. Your support helps bring this vision closer to reality. Especially during this difficult school year when our students and their families must face both new and exacerbated challenges due to COVID, your support helps us keep our virtual programming up and running so that we reach as many of our students as possible. Your gift also helps us be ready to pivot from in-person learning to remote as needed to keep our students, partners, and staff safe.




How can I share my support or spread the word?


On each team page there are social share buttons you can use to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. It populates a prewritten post that you can customize. It's always effective for your loved ones, friends, and colleagues to hear from you directly about why you support this cause. As much as they care about supporting emergent literacy among all children, they also care about YOU. So reach out from the heart, whether in a phone call, email, social post, or (safely) in person, and let them know why this fundraiser was important enough for you to donate, and why you hope they will follow your lead.





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