Helping displaced children worldwide

Find refuge
in reading.


Helping displaced children worldwide

Find refuge
in reading.


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Changing the world

One book at a time.

We believe in the transformative power of books: not just as educational tools or something to pass the time with, but as vessels to other worlds that are full of possibility. For the 34 million children currently uprooted from their homes, books can act as a critical lifeline during times of psychological stress. Unfortunately, many displaced children don’t have libraries, classroom bookshelves, or personal collections to tap into - instead, they live in book deserts with limited humanitarian investment into their education. We want to change that.

Through book distributions, the rehabilitation of school libraries in refugee communities, and even the installation of our own take on Little Free Libraries, Millie’s Bookshelf is working to mitigate book deserts around the world - one book at a time. And if you’re wondering who Millie is, she’s a nod to the fearless, curious bookworm of our childhood - Matilda! Thirty years after Roald Dahl brought Matilda to life, she continues to motivate millions of children worldwide to dream big, fight for what’s right, and never lose their sense of wonder.

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A school library for survivors of genocide.

The areas of Iraq that fell under ISIS occupation from 2014-2017 experienced horrific conflict, significant displacement, and for the Yazidi community - a full-scale genocide. While many displaced Yazidis long to return home to Sinjar, targeted educational investments are required to facilitate a dignified return. The trilingual (Arabic-Kurdish-English) Hostler Library at Al Hateen High School will be a sanctuary for children looking to learn and to heal. It will also be the first-ever school library in this disputed territory of Iraq! Help us make this vision a reality.

$20,334 raised
of $28,500 goal

"It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks.

-Dina Nayeri

“...we hadn’t realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us. Going to school, reading and doing our homework wasn’t just a way of passing time, it was our future.”

-Malala Yousafzai

“I always felt, if I can get to a library, I’ll be ok.”

-Maya Angelou

We couldn't do it without you

From your pockets, to their bookshelves.

To date, the Millie’s team has launched or completed book distributions in border communities along the US/Mexico border, at a pediatric hospital ward in Des Moines, IA, and in a Tijuana-based asylum seeker shelter in Mexico. In an effort to expand access to books at home, we also launched our domestic-focused Mini Millie’s Bookshelf program - a playful take on the little free library movement that helps fund our overseas work. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recently expanded our humanitarian offerings to provide food security relief kits in northern Iraq at a crucial time.

To support all of these programs, we have developed partnerships with everyone from Scholastic to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad to continuously improve our program impact. The Millie’s team has been recognized with numerous media highlights and awards, including features on MSNBC’s “Good News RUHLES” segment, local NBC outlets around the country, and in The Hill. In the coming year, we look forward to launching Sinjar Province’s first school library at Al-Hateen High School, serving survivors of the 2014 ISIS-perpetrated Yazidi genocide.

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Millie's Book Club

Take it a step further.

Looking for a fun way to connect with like-minded individuals who want to dive into our mission? Through bi-monthly book recommendations and online video-based group discussions, Millie’s Book Club creates a welcoming space for conversations to inspire action. Whether you are into biographies, historical fiction, or even comic books, the Millie’s team of book-reviewers will tug at your heartstrings with an array of compelling stories.


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