Contact: Mike Wong
San Mateo Sunrise
Crystal Springs Golf Course
6650 Golf Course Drive
Burlingame, CA  94010
United States of America

A presentation about the work of Access Books Bay Area to bridge the gap in school library collections, facilities, and staffing between schools in more affluent areas and schools in high poverty areas caused by the lack of state funding for school libraries.


The mission of Access Books Bay Area is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read. 

Bio: Amanda Collins, M.L.I.S. joined Access Books in 2015, and founded the Bay Area chapter in 2016. As a school librarian herself, Amanda is excited to be bringing the valuable work of Access Books to schools in need in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Amanda holds a B.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from UCLA, in addition to being a fully credentialed Teacher Librarian. The school library played an important role in Amanda’s early life as a child living below the poverty line, giving her access through literacy to worlds of information and fantasy she never would have been able to visit otherwise, and she can think of nothing better than helping to bring strong school libraries to students and schools in need.

Linda Forrester is an Access Books Bay Area board member and project coordinator. Linda is passionate about reading and educational equality, which lead her to Access Books Bay Area.  Linda has been an active volunteer at her children’s schools for the last 15+ years while raising her two children to be avid readers, philanthropists, and caring global citizens.

Secret Word: Reading