By: Vanessa Armstrong/
Have you seen these book baskets out in the community?
One of our ongoing projects here at Lenawee Great Start is the Free Book Baskets within Lenawee County for families. We have a wonderful partnership with Goodwill in which they allow us to come once a month and sort through their children’s books. Many of these books are hardly used. Along with the Goodwill LINC program we clean the books, label them, put them in baskets and refill our 24 locations.
This project was developed because research has shown that reading to children and exposing them to books early in life prepares them for school. Unfortunately there too many children right here in Lenawee County that do not have access to age appropriate books.
We have 24 Free Book Baskets in Lenawee County. Currently these baskets can be found at the following locations: Community Action Agency, Lenawee Prep Academy, Associated Charities, Department of Human Services, Health Department, Community Mental Health (two locations), Goodwill, Family Medical Center, Bixby Hospital Registration Waiting Room, Fabricare Image Center (Adrian), Fabricare (Tecumseh), Adrian Super Laundry, Catherine Cobb, REA Literacy Center, Social Security Office, Michigan Works, A Friend of the Court, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank, Fostering Solutions, Family Counseling & Children’s Services, Housing Help of Lenawee, Catholic Charities and the Porter Center.
With that said, we are looking to expand the locations for our baskets. Hosting a book basket is little to no work for the location. Please see the list we have developed for the host below.
Here are just a few facts about this program
- The books are completely free and families can take 1 for each child in their family.
- Book Baskets will be replenished on average 2 times a month.
- Lenawee Great Start staff or volunteers from the Goodwill LINC program will replace the book baskets with a full basket.
- The baskets will have 25 books inside
- We put roughly 600 books per month into our community, multiply that by 12, and that’s just over 7,000 books!
To keep supporting this awesome program, we need help from our community. Please consider donating your gently used books to Goodwill in Adrian. Without your donations, this program wouldn’t succeed.
Please contact us at 517-266-4821 if you have questions or if you are interested in further discussion on hosting a book basket at your location.
Vanessa Armstrong is one of our Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. Before joining Lenawee Great Start, Vanessa worked as a photographer and served in the United States Air Force of 10 years. She is a Florida native who has been living in Tecumseh with her husband Sean and their 3 children, Keira, Cooper and Harper since 2010.