Barkley’s Bookshelf, a Cypress-based nonprofit, launched this June with a mission to support children’s literacy by providing K-5 students with books of their own.

“Literacy is the key to the future success of every child,” founder and President Brenda Polivka said in a statement. “If Barkley’s Bookshelf can provide books and be a small part of a child’s education journey, that’s important. It makes a difference.”

Barkley’s Bookshelf was founded by five National Charity League Sustainers, or members who completed the program but remain active in their local chapters. In partnership with individuals and community service organizations, the nonprofit sets out to collect children’s books to be distributed through schools and other organizations.

The group held its first book fair event at Cy-Fair Helping Hands’ Back to School Bash in early August, where it distributed 576 books to children in need, according to an Aug. 26 news release.

Additional book fairs are coming up this fall at Cy-Hope’s Hope Centers and Boys & Girls Country.

Local businesses, organizations and individuals can host book drives to support Barkley’s Bookshelf, volunteer to sort donated books or serve at upcoming book fairs.

Email [email protected] or visit to learn more about getting involved.