Bright Red Bookshelf

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The Bright Red Bookshelf utilizes gently used books collected by FRPCV and distributes them on bright red bookshelves throughtou the community at permanent locations.

In addition to the books at the self sustaining sites, last year we delivered 8000 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!


Books at Birth
Traveling Books
Traveling Bright Red Bookshelf
Bright Red Bookshelf
Reach Out and Read
Read for the Record
Banners around Town
Literary Links

The Bright Red Bookshelf program:

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

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.

Collection Sites

Christmas House (July-December)
Arnot Mall
Jubilee Foods
Steve Seaberg State Farm Insurance -
Langdon Plaza
Tanglewood Nature Center

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

If your group would like to conduct a book drive for the
Bright Red Bookshelf, please contact us.

This program is made possible through the joint efforts of:
The Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley, Elmira Star-Gazette, and Community partners hosting
Bright Red Bookshelves.

Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley ... Joining books and children

Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley
P.O. Box 3493
Elmira, New York 14905
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