Lawyers for Literacy Committee Seeking Books, Monetary Donations

The HBA Lawyers for Literacy Committee will promote literacy on two fronts this fall, with its 26th Annual Book Drive and a fundraising campaign to rebuild the library at Shearn Elementary School in Houston ISD.

Book drive information

Law firms, legal departments, individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate in the Book Drive by collecting gently-used and new books for readers of all ages, with an emphasis this year on children’s books. Donated books will be sent to charitable organizations throughout the Houston area, including shelters and hospitals.

Books can be:

  • New or gently-used
  • Hardback or paperback
  • Fiction or nonfiction
  • Appropriate for every age or reading level (especially children’s books, baby to teen!)

Please, no magazines or law manuals.

Collect books throughout the month of August! Feel free to spread the word with the HBA’s promotional flyers: General information | Office donation information template | “Drop off donations here” template.

Drop off book donations — in banker boxes weighing less than 50 lbs. — at the Heritage Plaza loading dock on Dallas Street, September 3 through 13, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Donate to Rebuild the Shearn Elementary Library

As one of HBA President Benny Agosto, Jr.’s initiatives for the year, the committee also is collecting monetary donations to refurbish and purchase books for the library at Shearn Elementary School. A generous anonymous donor will match $15,000 in donations to support this mission. The committee also will build Little Free Libraries in low-income neighborhoods throughout Houston.

Make a donation online via credit card now through September 30 at 100% of donations go to the library project at Shearn Elementary School. Cash or check made out to the Houston Bar Foundation (HBF) with “Literacy” in the memo are also accepted. Mail to Houston Bar Association, ATTN: Lawyers for Literacy, 1111 Bagby Street, FLB#200, Houston, Texas 77002.

To confirm your participation as a donor, or learn more about the Lawyers for Literacy Committee, contact Bonnie Simmons at or (713) 759-1133.