Year-Round Underserved Program Application

The Read to Me Program is able to provide free books to public libraries who are doing outreach. We offer a similar program during the summer as part of the Bright Futures Program. This program provides resources to enhance outreach visits and increase the number of families with access to books in their homes during the school year.

In order to receive the free books, library staff members need to complete this application and follow up with a short summary report after your event. Books will be distributed based on availability. We’ve been lucky to receive extra bonus books from Scholastic to support this project, but titles are limited and there may be limited selection depending on age groups requested, etc.

First priority for books is for libraries doing outreach to underserved children outside the library (i.e. visits to Head Start, WIC, daycare, teen parent outreach). Second priority is for libraries hosting an event or field trip at their library for underserved children or families. Third priority is for school and community events that target underserved children or families. Partnering with a public library is required for those events. After your outreach visit or event, we require participants to complete a short form found at