55 years and counting!
New structure + New Programs = New Image
We will continue with our book donations for underprivileged communities, and we added two more aid programs to contribute in caring for our environment and children at risk.
Sidney and Mildred Kluger Gerber were a caring, loving couple that founded Book Bank USA in 1966 to donate books to schools and libraries, and they did so much more. We can only hope to honor their legacy and make them proud by continuing their work.
Sidney Kluger founded our nonprofit and publisher organization in 1966 in San Francisco, CA., after he observed the desperate need of public and school libraries for educational materials, especially English literature. With that simple, selfless act, BookBank USA was born. Additionally, we also publish, sell and donate bilingual picture books for children.
TIKKUN OLAM (Hebrew for world repair) has been the center of our mission for over 50 years. Founded initially as a way to establish and resupply public and school libraries, Book Bank USA has also helped victims of natural disasters in the USA and Mexico, vulnerable populations, and supported cultural events and educational materials that bring balance to the human soul.
We’ve donated tools, books, and toys to help children affected by Tsunami Relief, by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to more recent efforts in Haiti after their devastating earthquake in 2010 and the recent deadly Mexico City earthquakes in September 2017. We’re also an important support for The Mexican Museum’s current and new facilities operating in SFO.
BILINGUAL PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AS EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
In 2016 we began publishing bilingual picture books for children. In 2021 we decided to steer towards making our editorial branch an independent entity, which gave way to BBU Publishing – a small print based in NorCal that specializes in bilingual picture books for children in English and Spanish for California, Texas, New York, Illinois and Mexico. Visit the “sister” website!
PROGRAM: EDUCATION – BOOKS
PROGRAM: ENVIRONMENTAL CARE
PROGRAM: CHILDREN AT RISK CARE
“Book Bank USA understands the importance of art, culture and identity. In this sense, the Mexican and Latino Communities in the Bay Area have found in Book Bank USA a non-profit organization engaged with the creation of more spaces, events and initiatives that present the richness and cultural contributions of our communities in the United States.”
“Hawaii is indebted to Book Bank USA. Their vision and diligence have afforded our keiki and kupuna unique educational opportunities through access to a multitude of books.”
“The cultural diversity of Mexico is endless, as well as the possibilities and formats for it to be displayed and presented in the Bay Area. As Consul for Cultural Affairs, having an organization such as Book Bank USA as a partner has been essential for the production, promotion and development of activities that showcase Mexico’s cultural creativity.”
“Thanks to the sponsorship of Bookbank USA, we have been able to produce bilingual books for English-Spanish speaking children to enrich their education, as well as sponsor many life-improving programs for the vulnerable populations in Mexico City.”