Red Bookshelf Program

Red Bookshelf ProgramThe Red Bookshelf Program circulates new and gently used children’s books into the community where they are made available free for families to own.  The Red Bookshelf Program was developed to increase book ownership by families, particularly in financially stressed homes, as well as encourage both parent-child interactions with books and a lifelong passion for reading.

Books are collected at some Glens Falls National Bank locations or donations can be made directly to the United Way office.  The greatest need is for pre-school and early reader books.  Books are sorted by grade level and placed on bright red bookshelves at centralized locations for easy access to the public.  You may find the Red Bookshelves at locations such as doctor’s offices, social services, community centers, etc.


  • Increase book ownership by families
  • Encourage parent-child interactions with books
  • Involve community members in this literacy effort through book donations
  • Enhance the services of organizations serving as bookshelf hosts by providing books for the families they already serve
  • Provide a wide range of reading including books that focus on physical activity and healthy eating
  • Keep books circulating in the community so that no book is without a child to read it

Book ownership is important in fostering an interest in reading and a love for books.  If parents are to read to their children, they need books to do so.  Children feel pride in owning their own books.  They develop confidence in reading and acquire mastery when books are easily within reach and can be read again and again.

How to Get Involved in the Project

  • Donate Children’s Books
  • Host a Book Drive at your office, company, school or club
  • Volunteer to stock the bookshelves

If you are interested in helping with this project, you may drop books off at participating Glens Falls National Bank locations in the area or contact the Tri-County United Way at 793-3136, or [email protected] for more information.

The local Red Bookshelf Program is a collaboration of the Tri-County United Way and Glens Falls National Bank.

Shelf Locations Where Books are Available for Free

  • Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Caleo Counseling Center
  • Family Service Association
  • Glens Falls Pediatrics
  • Moreau Community Center
  • North Country Ministries
  • Salvation Army
  • Warren County Head Starts
  • Washington County EOC
  • Washington County Head Starts

To date, over 30,000 new or gently used children’s books have been redistributed throughout the tri-county community to encourage reading!