Year-Round Underserved Program Application

The Year Round Underserved Program, part of Read to Me, is able to provide books to public libraries who are conducting an outreach event for underserved children. (We offer a similar program during the summer as part of the Bright Futures Program.) School libraries may now also apply on a case-by-case basis - please contact a Read To Me staff member to discuss your outreach effort before applying.  Year Round Underserved provides resources to enhance outreach visits and increase the number of families with access to books in their homes during the school year.

Application period for this program: Aug 1 - May 1 each year (for program events held Sept 1 - May 31)

(Please apply at least 3 weeks before your outreach event - 4 week prior is preferred.)

(Check back on August 1st for the updated program application.)

In order to receive the free books, library staff members need to complete the application below 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 activity, but titles are limited and there may be limited selection depending on age groups requested, etc.

First priority for books is for libraries conducting 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 each participating library to complete a short report form found at: 

Questions? Contact Read To Me Project Coordinator, Kristina Taylor, at (208) 334-2150 or