WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - The Big Red Bookshelf kicks off its second year of providing free books to young children in Richland County with an event on Martin Luther King Junior Day. }}" />

   
 
 
Big Red Bookshelf kicks off January 20

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 1/8/2014

The Big Red Bookshelf kicks off its second year of providing free books to young children in Richland County with an event on Martin Luther King Junior Day.

Children and their families are invited to the Mansfield Area YMCA Monday, Jan. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. to hear a reading of “Bear Snores On,” receive a free copy of the book as well as enjoy pizza and snacks. The Mansfield Senior High basketball team and Mansfield Maverick cheerleaders will be on hand to read to the children.

The Big Red Bookshelf collects new and gently used books appropriate for children ages infant through third grade at book drives throughout the year. The books are given away via several Big Red Bookshelves in Richland County including the Mansfield Area YMCA, Richland County Job and Family Services, Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department, Women, Infants and Children program and the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center.

Children who struggle to read are more likely to drop out of school. Just having books in the home increases literacy rates. According to the 2010-2011 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for Literacy, 43 percentof children entering kindergarten in Richland County needed intense instruction and 32 percent needed targeted instruction related to literacy skill development.

The Big Red Bookshelf is an ongoing project of the United Way of Richland County and is made possible by volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, Richland Bank, Richland County Youth and Family Council. Financial support for the MLK Jr. Day event is being provided by ServeOhio, Ohio’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Robert Maxey, executive director of the United Way said, “I appreciate the community pulling together to improve literacy.”

If you, your company, church or organization would like to host a book drive or donate money for new books; please call the United Way at 419-525-2816.

   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 A house fire Monday at 8-81 Unity Drive in Madison Township leaves a family homeless. Full Story
Image1 Hundreds upon hundreds of past and present military members were treated to a luncheon of bean soup and corn bread as Veteran's Day was celebrated at the 163rd edition of the Ashland County Fair. Full Story
 
Image1 More than 130 youngsters will be wearing new clothes to school thanks to the 18th Annual Cops 'N Kids program. Full Story
Image1 Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart was among the Top 10 semifinalists at in the 2015 Miss America Pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Miss Ohio makes the Top 10 at Miss America Pageant

City Pays Tribute to National Anthem's 200th Anniversary

12th Annual Strutt Your Mutt Raises Money for Humane Society

Republican women hosting Meet the Candidates Night

Town hall meeting set for discrimination in the workplace

More News