• 4,330,976
    Books Given to Children
  • 266,737
    Students Served
  • 4,535,817
    Volunteer Reading Hours
  • 147,004
    Volunteers
  • 9 in 10
    Students Grow in Reading Enjoyment
READ ABOUT OUR IMPACT
Coos County
ONE-TO-ONE SMART
THE IDEA IS SIMPLE
Pair young children with volunteers from our literacy nonprofit for weekly reading sessions and give children books to keep strengthening their education.

Our vision as a literacy nonprofit is an Oregon where all children can realize their full potential through reading. We provide a meaningful way for the community to support kids and their families through shared reading time and access to books.

Multnomah County
CHILDREN'S BOOK BANK WAREHOUSE
Various Locations
EVENTS AT SMART READING
Events
Join us for an event near you! This section will be updated with fundraisers and community events for our literacy organization throughout the year.
March 7, 2024 l Central
SMART Sip
Join us for the SMART Sip, our annual fundraiser to help bring the lifelong love of reading to kids in Central Oregon!
February 28, 2024 | Metro
Associate Board's Pint Night
Join us on February 28th from 6-8 pm for the Associate Board's Pint Night at Leikam Brewing!
Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading accepts community book donations to distribute to local kids.
Multnomah County
FREE BOOK FAIR
Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading accepts community book donations to distribute to local kids.
Get Involved with Literacy
Learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support SMART Reading.
Sign Up to Volunteer
SMART is seeking volunteer Readers and Site Coordinators for the fall, and the Book Bank at SMART Reading needs volunteers to help clean and restore books year-round.
Find A Mural Near You
In celebration of SMART's 30th anniversary as a nonprofit organization focused on education, we commissioned murals celebrating the joy and power of reading in communities around the state.
Donate Books
If you're in the Portland area, donate your gently used children's books to the Children's Book Bank at SMART Reading!
Become a Sustaining SMARTie
Provide consistent support in your community with a monthly gift to the nonprofit organization. No checks to write, no payments to remember. And you'll receive a special book recommendation in your inbox each month!
Events
Join us for an event near you! This section will be updated with fundraisers and community events for our literacy organization throughout the year.
Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank at SMART Reading accepts community book donations to distribute to local kids.
Get Involved with Literacy
Learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support SMART Reading.
  •     You get to read lots and lots—piles and stacks and castles of books.
    - Michaela, SMART Reading Student
  •     I will forever be grateful for the boost it gave my son. It was his favorite part of the week all year. He has gained so much confidence. He is such a reader now. Thank you.
    - Parent of a SMART Reading Student
  •     The Children’s Book Bank book bundles are a celebration, an exercise in kindness, a building of community, and another step in a lifelong journey into reading.
    - Teacher, James John Elementary
  •     The smiles on my readers’ faces each week were contagious! I don’t know if they had more fun with the program or if I did. I look forward to next year!
    - Gabe Doebler, SMART Reading Volunteer
  •     Our Kindergarten students love attending SMART Reading and they look forward to the one-on-one time that a volunteer contributes to them weekly—it is a highlight in their week.
    - Alissa Cruz, SMART Reading Teacher