Give Books for The Bright Red Bookshelf

WHAT IS THE Bright Red Bookshelf?

The Bright Red Bookshelf is a Family Reading Partnership (FRPCV) program that collects gently used books and then distributes them on bright red bookshelves in permanent locations throughout our community. There would be no Bright Red Bookshelf without the generous contributions from people like you!

How can I give books?

You can give new or gently used books at any of the following collection sites:

Wisnor Market Family Reading Partnership tent

Wisnor Market Family Reading Partnership tent

  • Steve Seaberg State Farm Insurance, Langdon Plaza

  • The Christmas House - July - December

  • Guthrie Southern Tier Pediatrics (3344 Chambers Road, Horseheads, near Arnot Mall)

Book Ownership

Book ownership is important in fostering an interest in reading and a love for books. If parents are to read to their children, they need books to do so. Children feel pride in owning their own books. They develop confidence in reading and acquire mastery when books are easily within reach and can be read again and again. We believe that each book a child owns is an "appetizer" to library use.

Traveling Bright Red Bookshelf

Beginning in June and going through August the Bright Red Bookshelf can be found every Thursday in Elmira's Wisner Park at the Farmers' Market. The story telling tent is the cozy place where children can listen to stories read by volunteers. Before leaving the inviting site the children are encourage to take home a gently used book.

What contributors and volunteers have accomplished - thank you!

Stack of children’s books

Stack of children’s books

In addition to the books at the self sustaining sites, last year we delivered 8,000 books to Bright Red Bookshelf sites. Gently used books collected for our program throughout the region over the past year total 11,058. Contributors include schools, businesses, agencies/organizations (state and private), hospitals, churches, labor unions and individual donations from families.

We continue to grow our highly motivated and energetic volunteer “Sort and Label Crew” who assist with cleaning, labeling and delivering books. In addition we have added a community service volunteer from St. John Fisher College. They are dedicated and committed and we cannot thank them enough!

  • Increases book ownership by families

  • Encourages parent-child interactions with books

  • Involves community members in this literacy effort through book donations

  • Enhances the services of organizations serving as bookshelf hosts by providing books for the families they already serve

  • Keeps books circulating in the communty so that "no children's book is ever lonely."

Distribution Sites

Arnot Ogden Hospital Emergency Waiting Room Big Flats Community Center
CCC Academic and Workforce Development Center--Madison Ave. Elmira Chemung County Child Advocacy Center--Hoffman St. Elmira
Chemung County Human Resource Center-- Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira Chemung County WIC Office
CIDS--Sullivan St. Elmira Schuyler County Human Service Complex-Family Play and Resource Center
St. Joseph’s Hospital-Out Patient/Emergency Room Waiting Area Tanglewood Nature Center