WORD | Book Boxes

KEEP ST. PETE LIT is on a mission to elevate literacy rates among youth in South St. Petersburg!

We’re doing this through the installation of free book boxes, titled WORD! Book Boxes. We give out 5000+ books a year through this program.

When a child grabs a book from a WORD! Book Box they’ll have free access to new culturally inclusive and uplifting books. Often these books go into homes with multiple children, so we are serving between 10,000-15,000 kids a year.

WORD! Book Boxes are located at:

  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas- Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center
  • Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center
  • Childs Park Recreation Center
  • Atwater’s
  • Starling School
  • St. Pete Fight Team


Thank you to our sponsors City of St. Petersburg, Creative Pinellas, Grow Financial Credit Union and supports like YOU!

How you can help: 

Help us keep St. Pete reading by making a tax-deductible donation to WORD! BOOK BOX sponsor, KEEP ST. PETE LIT! The money will go towards the purchase of new books and to add more book boxes!

Host a book drive for our WORD! Box Boxes! We need new and gently-used culturally diverse kids and young adult books to go in our free book boxes in five locations in South St. Pete.