That part of the program
came about as a result of a meeting with Ambassador Jordan
Topoleski, a junior at Sylvania Southview; MENtor
Christopher Smith and B4B Founder Laneta Goings with the
administrator of the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center
Books 4 Buddies is a campaign that encourages literacy and
provides leisure reading material, free of charge, to
disadvantaged youth, especially boys, in northwest Ohio. The
brainchild of Toledo native, Touré McCord and his
grandmother, Goings, B4B receives support in the form of new
and "gently used" donations from participating bookstores,
local businesses and the general public.
Books 4 Buddies is represented by “Book Ambassadors,” area
male teenagers, who help promote the program at public
appearances and special events that include guest speakers
and outings with local leaders and celebrities.
This year, the ranks of the Ambassadors have been
supplemented by the addition of two exchange students from
Africa – Birama Ndiaye from Senegal and Abdul Rafiq Lartey
Books 4 Buddies has donated thousands of books that have
been delivered throughout NW Ohio and beyond.