Best Of 2022

Best Book Bank

There’s a new bank in Cincinnati but it doesn’t deal in dollars, instead it deals in books. Located in a 20,000-square-foot headquarters in Queensgate, Queen City Book Bank aims to provide 10 books per year to underserved children in the Greater Cincinnati area, for a total of 350,000 books donated annually, as well as provide supportive literacy programming to Greater Cincinnati K-6 students. QCBB members — educators, advocates and other partners — can go online to see what books are in stock and select them based on “proficiency, theme, languages, backgrounds and interests.” The organization takes monetary donations to purchase books, as well as physical book donations at the Queensgate building. It also provides tutoring and plans to host author and reading events and even credit-based book fairs.