19 Ross Street · Batavia · NY ·14020 · (585)343-9550

What is an Adopted Book Center?

Adopted Book Centers are the little green bookshelves located in area laundromats, doctor's offices, and the offices of agencies and organizations throughout Batavia. Preschool children are encouraged to select a book from the Center to adopt and take home every time they visit. Parents are urged to read aloud to their children from these and other books on a daily basis.

Giving Reading OpportunitiesThe program was created through a Parent and Child Library Services Grant from the NYS Library and NYS Education Department to the Richmond Memorial Library. It was inspired by the Bright Red Bookshelf program from Family Reading Partnership in Ithaca, New York.  Local churches, schools and service organizations support the program by collecting gently used books to fill the bookshelves, and by furnishing volunteers to sort and deliver them.

The program allows children who might not have ready access to age-appropriate books the opportunity to develop their own home libraries and establish the love of reading from an early age. It reinforces to parents the important role they play in the development of their child’s academic success before they reach school age.

The Centers

The Adopted Book Centers are located at a total of thirteen sites in the Batavia area including local Laundromats, child care facilities, and the offices of several Father and baby reading togetheragencies and organizations. Our site locations include:

Richmond Memorial Library ·19 Ross Street · Batavia · NY ·14020 · (585)343-9550