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Welcome to the Queen City Book Bank!
Welcome to the Queen City Book Bank!


A Sustained Problem. A Serious Solution.

Decades of research has confirmed the correlation between childhood poverty, lack of access to reading resources, lower reading proficiency and the resulting struggle to complete high school and prepare for the world beyond.

The need for qcbb

Surveys of first and second grade teachers in CPS schools where the majority of students are considered economically disadvantaged indicate that 90% of these students have 1 book or no books at home.
QCBB will permanently eliminate barriers to book access for our region’s young readers and serve as a focal point to elevate the community literacy partners who provide such critical services to children.

90% of Cincinnati Public School 1st & 2nd graders have 1 to zero books at home

Children in poverty who do not read on level by the end of 3rdgrade are 13 times less likely to graduate from high school.

40% of local K-6 students do not read proficiently by 3rdgrade.

Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being non-proficient readers themselves.


Works in the same way as a traditional e-commerce site.

Curated reading lists and other valuable resources are available for free. 

Constantly updating inventory with new titles covering a wide range of themes.

Diverse, culturally appropriate selection of books. 

Ability to search for books in multiple ways, including grade level and theme.

Queen City Book Bank is giving the right books, at the right time, to kids who need them most.

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A child growing up in a book-less home has a 30% probability of completing 9th grade.

A child with 100 books? 90%.

The World's Oldest Bookstore

Oct 25, 2021 Amanda Kranias

The Guinness World Records has declared Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal the oldest but Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania may have something to say about that statement. .search-bar{ visibility: hidden ! important; }