Albany Alumnae Hosts Red Bookshelf

Submitted by LaTanya Coleman and Dona Bulluck

This Spring, the Albany (NY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. partnered with The RED Bookshelf. The RED Bookshelf is an independent not-for-profit organization with a community literacy program that “…provides free children’s books on bright red bookshelves throughout Albany to ensure that all children have access to the benefits of book ownership, regardless of income level.”

In addition to providing free books, the RED Bookshelf also records volunteers while reading a children’s book. The recordings are shared with elementary schools and various youth programs throughout the Capital Region of New York State. Chapter members volunteered to participate in this activity as well as reading children’s books. The RED Book Shelf’s mission is to “inspire children to read.” Their mission aligns with the Albany (NY) Alumnae Chapters’ desire to provide young readers with books that will stimulate their minds, develop a love for reading and inspire them to reach their goals.

During April, the two groups’ set a goal to collect new and gently used books for Capital Region youth. The Book House, an independent bookstore in Albany, New York was one of the collection sites for this endeavor as well as being a location where books for the drive could be purchased. In addition, anyone who desired to purchase could also purchase from an Amazon wish list that was curated for the event.

On June 1 , the books were counted and sorted by age group. Through our collaborative efforts, we collected 787 books for our Capital District youth.

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