Welcome to PoWeR! Book Bags!

We a 501(c)(3) that gives literacy materials to underserved children in Northern Lower Michigan.

Through our programs, children receive a finger puppet and writing materials and choose books to keep, which they carry home in their new book bags.

We give books and writing materials to kids in Lower Northwestern Michigan.

Since 2016, we have given children over 111,000 books and over 28,000 bags with literacy supplies!


Due to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic and Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, PoWeR! Book Bags has suspended our standard programming at this time.

We are so appreciative that we were able to distribute more than 110,000 books to children. We hope that children are reading and rereading these books.

As soon as the current restrictions are lifted and we can safely (and legally) operate normally, we look forward to giving away even more books to kids in our communities.

Currently, we are providing access to e-reading.

We have managed to acquire some e-codes from our partners at FIRSTBOOKS.


If you receive books from us through a school or participating pantry or site of assistance, please email us directly at:



and we will be thrilled to pass on a code just for you. The codes are good for ten FREE books that will last on your device for up to 56 days. There are some great options included in these books. We so hope that we help some children and their families read away the days by sharing these codes! 

AS SOON AS IT IS LEGAL, we will be out in full force, giving books to children in the communities that we serve!

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When the world turns right side up again, we will have many many opportunities for volunteers to join us in the community.

Until then, we always welcome home made book bags! We are anticipating a large distribution at our participating pantries and sites of assistance when everything opens again.

Until then, best wishes for happiness and health.

Clubhouse Hours

Thursdays, 1-3 PM

and the 1st Saturday

of the month

10:00 - 1:00 PM

101 Dame St., #1, Suttons Bay

(or contact us to arrange an alternative time for your group of volunteers)

Groups looking for volunteer opportunities (Scouts, National Honor Society) can contact us, and we will be happy to open our doors for you!

Interested? Contact kara@powerbookbags.org

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