Pass the Book
Pass the Book is a program that collects, sorts and distributes books to organizations that encourage and support early literacy. Our volunteers recycled over 5,000 books this past year to 25 agencies and programs throughout the rogue valley. Donations of gently used children’s books are being accepted. For more information please contact us on-line. Make sure to include your question about Pass the Book under Area of Interest.
BOOK DRIVE 2014!
“Pass the Book” Book Drive
by Anne Billeter
The Storytelling Guild of Jackson County is once again collecting gently used and new children’s books for its “Pass the Book” program.
Each year the Storytelling Guild distributes children’s books to agencies in Jackson County to share with the families they serve. In 2013 the Storytelling Guild distributed 5,352 books. Every child in Head Start in two counties received a book to own. Every child who visits the Children’s Advocacy Center, La Clinica del Valle’s three health clinics, and the four Community Health Centers is invited to take a book. Books are distributed to children at the Dunn House, Kids Unlimited, the Magdalene Home, On Track, and the North Medford High School Child Development Center. Children in foster care receive books through DHS. Books are delivered to the Family Nurturing Center, the Juvenile Detention facility, the Maslow Project, Access, Inc., DESD Child Development Services, the Medford Railroad Park, RVMC Pediatrics, the Boys and Girls Club of Talent, Healthy Families (formerly Healthy Start,) The Ruch School-Community K8, the Upper Rogue Community Center, and Tasty Tuesday are the newest agencies to receive books.
Books may be donated to “Pass the Book” during the month of January at all 15 branches of the Jackson County Library. Books are needed for all age groups, from babies to teens and all ages in between. Board books for babies are especially needed and bilingual English/Spanish books are in high demand. Share your love of books and reading: donate children’s books to the Storytelling guild’s “Pass the Book” program.
The Storytelling Guild is a group of volunteers dedicated to serving the community by providing opportunities for children to be exposed to the magic of books and the joy of reading. “Pass the Book” is just one of their programs. They also present an annual “Book Walk” fashion show of books to 3rd graders, present a weekly preschool storytime at the Medford Library Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., sponsor a free show at the Craterian each January, provide 24 hour access to Dial-a-Story at 541-774-6439 in English and Spanish, and provide a scholarship to an RCC student passionate about early literacy and/or early childhood education. The Storytelling Guild is best known for the annual Children’s Festival. Planning has begun for the 48th Children’s Festival at the Britt Grounds in Jacksonville in July 2014. Exact dates of the three-day festival will be announced in January. More information about the Storytelling Guild is available at www.storytellingguild.org.
Questions? Email Anne Billeter: email@example.com