Getting free books in the hands of kids before they takeoff. The story beind 'Read on the Fly'.
Updated: Oct. 31, 2022 at 3:55 PM AKDT
'Read on the Fly' kiosks can be found throughout Ted Stevens International Airport. Erin Kirkland started distributing her son's childhood books back in 2016. Her passion was born there and grew and grew. Erin started collecting books from all over Anchorage and teaming up with book partners. Now she has her own office/library donation center in the airport and every week she heads up to the gates and distributes free books and restocks the kiosks. A labor of love she enlists the help of friends, family and some pretty awesome local sponsors like the United Way and Kaladi Brothers Coffee, it started in Anchorage, but thanks to the folks at the airport here, she has gained support in airports statewide. Erin is a hyper-local Alaskan who loves her state and trying to make it a better place, one book and kid at a time.
Read on the Fly depends on donations to stay in operation, so if people would like to donate books for kids birth to age 18, they can drop them off at a Kaladi Brothers store, or, if they have a large number of books, they can Email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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