Little Red Crate puts books in kids’ hands in Grant County [UPDATED]Published 9:01am Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Updated 11:04am Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Community members are asked to donate gently-used or new books appropriate for babies through children eight years of age at Grant County locations with a red collection tote.
“The Little Red Book Crate Project is part of the Grant County Child and Youth Council’s Early Childhood work team,” said program director Deb Hengel. “The goal of the project is to get books into the hands of young children so they have books they can call their very own. The ultimate goal is to enhance children’s literacy by encouraging reading at home.”
A child will be able to select a book from a “Little Red Crate.” It will be theirs to take home and keep forever, or they can share it with another child. Board books, picture books, soft and hard cover books are needed.
Monetary donations can also be made to the program to go toward purchase of books. Donations should be mailed to Grant County Child and Youth Council, c/o WCA North Elementary, 411 First St. SE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531.
Several host sites of Little Red Crates are set up around Grant County, including school offices in Kensington, Herman, Elbow Lake, Barrett and Ashby, as well as the Thorson Memorial Library and West Central MN Communities Action offices in Elbow Lake.
Funding for the program comes from the West Central Initiative.