SF Gate writes about the book giveaway going on today at the Sports Basement on Bryant at 15th Street. It will be going on until 7 p.m.
Mouhamad, whose wife is an elementary school teacher with plans to use those books, was one of a thousand or more educators, librarians, social workers and literacy advocates who lined up Saturday for a book give-away at the Sports Basement at 15th and Bryant streets, sponsored by the nonprofit group First Book and the United Teachers of San Francisco, the local union.
The 42,516 books, including everything from “The Throne of Fire,” by Rick Riordan, to “Tinker Bell,” a picture book, were given free to San Francisco public school teachers and other literacy program administrators whose primary pupils are low-income children and teenagers.
“My father was a farmer in Vietnam and he taught me that education is important,” said Mouhamad, a hospital technician. “I read to my children whenever I can to give them knowledge.”
The idea behind the First Book program is to bring books to the homes of underprivileged children and instill in them the joy of reading without distraction, according to organizers