In 2009-2010 Pro Action’s Read to Me Steuben Family Literacy program placed 75 red bookshelves throughout Steuben and Yates counties. The shelves were placed in a variety of locations and offer children the opportunity to take a free book each time they visit a bookshelf. The bottom of the shelves allow for donations which helps us to keep the shelves sustained without a lot of time and effort on the part of staff. The goal is to get kids and parents reading together as there is so much research that shows that kids who are read to from a very young age have a much better chance of starting school successfully and maintaining that success. To date, the project has given away over 42,000 books!
Here is where you can help. Due to an increased demand (over 2500 books distributed in December 2011 alone), we are running very low on gently used children’s books to stock our bookshelves. If you or someone you know has children’s books that need a new home, our red bookshelves could use them. Any donations can be dropped off at the Pro Action Literacy office located on the first floor of Pro Action. You could also drop them in the donation baskets at a red bookshelf near you. You’ll find a list of locations attached. We would also be willing to pick up books if necessary.
Please share this message with friends, family, civic groups, your church family or anyone else you can think of that might be able to help. Encourage those that are looking for a volunteer effort to coordinate a book drive. It’s a great cause and we are truly making a difference in the lives of the families we served. Those that never had the opportunity to have books in their home are now reading on a regular basis!
If you have questions about making a book donation please contact Zack Housworth, Literacy Programs Coordinator at 776-2125 x130. Thanks so much!