Bright Red Bookshelf

Important Program Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to temporarily close our Bright Red Bookshelves. In order to ensure the safety of our community, we are not able to place books out for families to choose from, as shared surfaces could lead to virus transmission. But we have a solution! Bright Red Bookshelf To-Go!


The Bright Red Bookshelf program recirculates gently used children's books back into the community where they are made available free for families to own. Books are collected in red crates at community locations and through book drives organized by service groups, congregations, campus organizations, and schools. These books are sorted, cleaned, and affixed with a label, then set out on bright red bookshelves at sites where low-income families will have easy access to them.

A partnership project of:
  • Family Reading Partnership
  • Local human service agencies
  • Local businesses
  • Duthie Painting

Replication Acknowledgement Request

If replicating the Bright Red Bookshelf, please acknowledge FRP in any written information or publicity: The Bright Red Bookshelf was created by the Family Reading Partnership in Ithaca, NY in 1997