Our area has a great organization that promotes childhood literacy—the Family Reading Partnership. They have bright red bookshelves all around the region with free books for kids. (This one is at my bank, Elmira Savings Bank in Watkins Glen.) I dropped some books off for them today!
In addition to the bookshelf program, the organization supports a number of other initiatives including story walks that combine interactive outdoor activities with beloved children’s books, changing table rhymes that encourage parents to interact with babies during routine tasks, promotion of read-aloud time, Read-to-Me banners, and a pilot program called Shop for Words that combines grocery shopping and reading instruction.