There are two points to bear in mind relative to my current affiliations and engagements:
1 - Books are precious
In Afghanistan and many other places, access to books is irreplaceably valuable. And community libraries--whatever form they take--provide an irreplaceable service.
2 - School performance is malleable
Education systems represent the biggest governmental employment sector in many countries. That makes the system prone to abuse (e.g., ghost schools and ghost teachers in Afghanistan), but it also make the education system--if it is properly calibrated--an unequaled agent of change.
What do these points mean, taken together? That school should be engaged as potential recipients of books, that school libraries are critical, and that re-imagining these libraries as community libraries is essential to school improvement, to improved literacy outcomes and to increased levels of social and economic well being in communities.
That's a lot to find in a small article. You are welcome to inquire about my reasonsing.