Books Inc.'s Reading Bridge

Books Inc.'s Book Fair Program is Evolving!

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Our book fair program has always been a source of pride and joy here at Books Inc. We cherish the opportunity to introduce new readers to quality books, and bring our extensive inventories to school campuses across the Bay Area. Which is why we have decided to shift the program to a literary non profit, dedicated to bringing quality book fairs to Title 1 schools, and ensuring that every child has the ability to pick out a book, regardless of financial status. All kids deserve the opportunity to browse, pick out a book, and keep it on the shelf at home! 


Introducing, Books Inc.'s Reading Bridge:

Mission: To provide children across the Bay Area with access to new, diverse, and inclusive books.

Vision: To transition the current Books Inc. book fair program into a non profit in order to include schools from all socio-economic communities across the Bay Area. We will continue to offer large-scale book fairs to our current partners, generating fundraising profits for the schools while also earning income that will allow the non-profit  to run additional “Bridge” fairs at Title 1 schools. The “Bridge” fairs will be run with the same care, attention, and scale as our traditional fairs, with a diverse and curated selection of titles that reflect the needs, lives, and interests of the school’s community and children. The Reading Bridge will work with the partnering schools to pin-point the specific needs of their students so that we provide the best book fair experience possible, while ensuring that each student goes home with at least one book of their choosing. Both book fair models will include author visits, book talks, and library gifts whenever possible. 

The Two Book Fair Models:

  1. School fundraiser: This model is a fundraiser opportunity for the school. Books Inc.’s Reading Bridge donates back to the school based on sales at the book fair. When you are a fundraising partner, you are also generating earned in-come for the non-profit that will be used to pay employees, purchase new inventory, and pay expenses for the day-to-day operations. Learn more about book fair fundraisers and partnership requirements. 
  2. “Bridge Fair”: This model is available to Title 1 schools only. Students, families, faculty, and staff will be able to buy any book on-site, and the Reading Bridge will also donate funds to guarantee that each student gets to go home with at least one book of their choosing. Any earned in-come generated at the “Bridge” fairs may also be used to pay employees, purchase new inventory, and pay expenses for the day-to-day operations. Learn more about “Bridge Fairs” and partnership requirements. 


For both models the Reading Bridge staff will work closely with school representatives to curate a diverse selection of titles that reflect the needs, lives, and interests of the school’s community and children. When possible, book fairs may include special author visits and book talks. Book Fairs are traditionally run by volunteers with one Books Inc. Reading Bridge staff member as point-person. 

501(c)(3) Status- Application submitted and pending approval. 

Looking to donate?

You can donate via Books Inc.'s website or in-store!  Your donations help us get books into the hands of Bay Area students by funding book donations for our “Bridge” fairs. They may also be used for other book-related programs in the future. We thank you for your support and hope to thrive in this community and in-turn spread the joy of reading throughout the Bay Area!

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For more information or ways to partner with Books Inc.s Reading Bridge, please reach out to Hannah Walcher at 

Meet the Team:

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Hannah Walcher, Executive Director

Hannah has been a life-long reader, a passion that has affected her life in so many ways. With the desire to work with books, she studied English at Texas State University and received her M.A. in Publishing at Rosemont College. She loved learning about the publishing industry, but it wasn't until she stepped into Books Inc. and donned the "bookseller" name-tag that she found her true calling. For nearly a decade Hannah has held many titles at Books Inc.: bookseller, NYMBC/ YA@Books Inc. Coordinator, and Children's Events and Book Fair Manager. Now she is honored to have the new role of Executive Director of Books Inc.'s Reading Bridge and to be launching and leading this new endeavour. Hannah lives in Oakland where her books battle for space and attention with her craft supplies and reformed stray-cat, Felix. 

Sara Meltzer, School Visit and Book Fair Coordinator

Sara is a born and raised Bay Arean who once had three books taken away from her in fourth grade math class because she wouldn't stop reading them under her desk. After several years working in informal education doing everything from museum education to being an unintentional Baba Yaga storyteller she rediscovered her love for children's literature. When Sara isn't helping a new generation of children read under their desks instead of paying attention in class she likes to write and bake. 

Kaitlynn Chavez, Book Fair Coordinator

Kaitlynn's joy for reading and dedication to community led her to Books Inc.. She grew up maxing out her library card and helping her mother's students after school. With experience in civic engagement and as a recent graduate of Long Beach State, she is excited to engage with young readers and contribute to expanding personal libraries for all students across the Bay with Books Inc.'s Reading Bridge. 


Meet the Board 

Calvin Crosby, President

Calvin Crosby, the majority shareholder and co-owner of Salt Lake City's, The King's English Bookshop, and Executive Director of Brain Food Books, a 501c3 that puts new books into the hands of those without regular access, has been in building community in bookselling for almost 30 years, including with Books Inc.. He is a Book Industry Charitable Foundation Board Memeber, a 2022 Duende- World BIPOC Leadership Award winner, and a juror for the 2023 National Book Award Foundations Fiction Category. Calvin's commitment to building equity around books and reading in communities without libraries, bookstores, or consistent access has been a lifelong mission. As a member of the Cherokee Nation, he believes in Land Back one Independent Bookstore at a time. 

Cassie Perham, Secretary

Cassie Perham is a Founding Co-Director of the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC), a nonprofit leading a collaborative, citywide effort with the mission of working together to ensure that every Oakland child learns and loves to read. A focus of the OLC's work is expanding access to high interest, culturally and linguistically relevant books through partnerships with school libraries, community organizations, and other literacy programs. Prior to launching the OLC, Cassie was a program officer leading the early literacy initiative at a private family foundation. Cassie lives in Oakland with her husband, Books Inc. CEO Andy Perham, and their family of book lovers. 

Dandy Conway, Treasurer

Dandy Conway started in the book business as a buyer for a small independent bookstore in San Diego. She got her big break when she was offered the children's sales rep job at Random House. Fast forward almost 30 years and she has been working and partnering with local independent bookstores helping to get books into kid's hands for what is now Penguin Random House LLC. She is the proud mother of two sons and a pup. Dandy is well versed in the world of book fairs, from working on the account side to managing the fair for years in her kid's school. When not behind a book, she enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family.