Big Red Bookshelf

row of books

The Big Red Bookshelf project provides new or gently-used books to children birth-3rd grade in locations throughout Richland County where families with young children visit.

The donated books are placed on bright red bookshelves built by volunteers and distributed to children who need them free of charge.

Books placed on the shelves have been donated by businesses and community members. This is a great opportunity for churches, businesses, civic organizations, schools, etc. to get involved in the community by helping children appreciate the love of reading.

If you are interested in hosting a book drive, please contact the United Way office at 419-525-2816.

Currently, we have eight bookshelf locations and have distributed over 5,500 books since February 25, 2013.

Bookshelf locations are:

  • Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center (BNOC)
  • Lucas Community Center
  • Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Dept. – WIC Office
  • Mansfield YMCA – Fran’s Daycare
  • Oak Wood Crossing
  • Richland County Children Services
  • Richland County Child Support
  • Richland County Job and Family Services
  • Shelby Rotary

We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for hosting a book drive:

  • Richland Bank
  • CenturyLink
  • Kiwanis
  • Altrusa
  • Mechanics Bank
  • Ohio Health/MedCentral Health Systems
  • Ohio State University – Mansfield: Early Childhood Department
  • Richland County Newhope
  • YMCA
  • Barnes & Nobles
  • Holly’s Book Rack