Books Offer Opportunities, Kids Succeed
(B.O.O.K.S.) CORP. and Books in Kids Hands are two not-for-profit
children's literacy organizations serving Warren, Washington, and
Offering free books to children and their families.
B.O.O.K.S. was started in January of 2006 by Bridget
Crossman a former school teacher and currently a stay-at-home mom
of two girls. Bridget began this project with the desire to increase
the amount of exposure that children have with literature before
they attend school. In addition, she wanted to educate the public
on the importance of reading to children. Bridget's inspiration
for this program came from a similar literacy organization, “The
Family Reading Partnership” that is nationally recognized
for its programs.
Our mission is to provide children in Washington,
Warren, and Saratoga counties, especially those from low-income
families, with quality children’s literature in order to promote
as many literary experiences as possible before children attend
kindergarten, while also promoting family reading and literacy to
children of all ages, and helping to make reading a part of their
Bright Red Bookshelf
The first “Bright Red Bookshelf “began in March of
2006. It is by far the most successful project to date. In order
for this project to operate a company or individual person donates
a bookshelf. The bookshelf is then painted “bright red”
and put in a place where children, especially those of low-income
families will have access to them.
Gently used children’s books are collected for
these bookshelves in red collection crates around the community.
People drop their books in these crates and they are collected weekly.
The books are then cleaned, affixed with a label and placed on the
bookshelves for children and their families to take and keep. These
books are completely free for children!
Currently, there are four bookshelves in operation,
one at “Moreau Family Health Center” in South Glens
Falls, another at “Cambridge Family Health Center”,
and two at the Glens Falls Hospital. Along with supplying books
for the bookshelves, B.O.O.K.S. donates a large supply of books
to “Head Start”.
Book collection crates are set up at various locations.
There are four places to drop off books in South Glens Falls: “St.
Michael’s Church”, “Ace Hardware”, “United
Methodist Day Nursery School”, and “Moreau Family Health”.
There is also a red collection crate at “Price Chopper”
in Queensbury, and at “The Lowe Family Practice”, in
If you would like to make a donation, please feel
free to drop books off at any of the listed sites, call B.O.O.K.S.
at 761-4067 or e-mail Bridget Crossman, firstname.lastname@example.org, and
an arrangement can be made for collecting the books.
Books at Birth
“Books at Birth” is a project that is
designed to encourage parents to read to their children from their
first day of life. It is never too early to start reading to children
and typically parents aren’t aware of the benefits of reading
to their children at an early age. Therefore, we hope “Books
at Birth” will encourage parents to read to their newborn
by providing them with a brand new children’s book when they
deliver a baby at “The Glens Falls Hospital”.
Thanks to Finch Paper, B.O.O.K.S. was able to purchase
1,500 new children’s books called, Soft to Touch ABC.
Each baby born at the Glens Falls Hospital in 2007 will receive
one of these wonderful books.
Christmas with W.I.C. (Women, Infant, Children)
At Christmas a new book is purchased for every child
whose family is serviced through Warren & Washington County
WIC. These books are completely funded by Hannaford Supermarkets
and we thank them for their overwhelming support.
The books for the program are individually wrapped
by the volunteers of B.O.O.K.S. and then distributed to the mothers
of WIC at their monthly workshops prior to Christmas. The mothers
then take home their books and place them under the Christmas tree
for their children to enjoy on Christmas morning.
This year over 1,000 books were given away and next year we will
double the amount with the addition of Washington County WIC to
1,000 Book Program
In September of 2007, we will be launching our newest program,
called, The "1,000 Book Program". This project will service
children from 0-5 years who live within the South Glens Falls School
This program involves 100 canvas bags each filled with 10 different
books, with a total of 1,000 children’s books in all. These
bags of books will be held in the Moreau Elementary School Library.
Children that are 5 years of age and under will be able to come
to the school library and borrow a bag of books to read with their
families. When have finished the bag they will bring it back to
exchange for another bag. The goal of the program is to have children
and their families read all 100 bags of books, for a total of 1,000
books in all, before they attend kindergarten.
This project is being established with the help of the Moreau
Home School Association. If you would like to donate a new book
for this program, please contact, Bridget Crossman, at 761-4067.
If a large donation is made towards this program by an individual
or business they will receive recognition for their contribution.
How to Become Involved with B.O.O.K.S.
B.O.O.K.S. is always looking for new ideas, volunteers
to help with projects and different means of getting the word out
into the community that reading is important and should be a part
of every child’s life. If you or someone you know would like
to become involved with the organization, please contact Bridget
Crossman at (518) 761-4067.
If there is a specific book or type of books that you know your
child or another child would enjoy, please contact B.O.O.K.S. at
Books in Kids Hands
Sharing the joy of books and reading with
children and families.
Books in Kids’ Hands is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to promoting literacy and to providing children with books.
We are located in Salem, NY and provide book programs for Salem
and the surrounding communities. We work in conjunction with B.O.O.K.S.
Opportunities, Kids Succeed) located in South Glens Falls, NY.
Our mission is too advance literacy by distributing
books and related materials to ensure that every child in our communities
has the opportunity to have books of their own, to promote family
reading and literacy, and to help make reading a part of their everyday
What We Do
Through our programs, we provide children of all
ages with free
gently-used and new books. We also run programs that provide young
children and their families with opportunities for early reading
Books for Kids
Bookshelves with gently used children’s books
are set up at community locations. Children can choose books from
these shelves to keep at home. These books are free to all children
and families. Currently, these bookshelves are located at the Salem
Family Health Center and at the Shoppe on Broadway.
Community Reading Area for Kids
A bright and friendly reading area for kids is set
up in the Shoppe on Broadway. “Books for Kids” bookshelves
are set up in this area to encourage children to pick up books and
This program is in place at the Salem Family Health
Center. Children from birth to age five receive a new book at their
yearly well-child visit.
Presents for W.I.C. (Women, Infants, and Children)
During the holiday season, we will provide a new,
wrapped children’s book for each child who participates in
the WIC program in Washington and Warren counties.
Happy Holidays Book Bags
Bags filled with new and gently-used books are given
to area children in conjunction with the Salem Santa Program.
Welcome to Kindergarten Books
Each child entering Salem’s kindergarten receives
a new book about going to school. These are given at kindergarten
Various book exchanges take place throughout the
year at community events. Children can exchange a gently-used book
or choose a book to keep.
School’s Cool Pre-School Book Program
This program will provide young children with opportunities
for early reading experiences. There will be a large number of bags
with ten books in each bag. These bags will be located in the Salem
Central School Library. Children and their families can take one
bag home to read. When they finish, they can return the bag and
check-out a new bag. This is a new program and we hope to have it
up and running by June 2007.
New or used books for children can be dropped off
at the Historic Salem Courthouse or given to Lori Stokem or Karen
If you would like to make a donation, volunteer,
or if your family would like books, we can be contacted using the