Our Roots


The Bright Red Bookshelf Program came to Albany in February, 2009 as  a neighborhood literacy program of the Center Square Association. Through the years, as word got out, bookshelves were added, as more neighbors and friends supported the program. However, the program needed to expand exponentially to be able to provide for the continuing bookshelf requests. So in 2016, the Bright Red Bookshelf Program of Albany was incorporated as The RED Bookshelf, an independent nonprofit, to facilitate the necessary expansion.Since its beginnings in 2009, The RED Bookshelf has distributed more than 27,000 books for children in Albany!
2009 - Albany County Family Court Children's Center
2010 - Koinonia Primary Care
           Albany  County Court DA
           - Children's Mental Health
2011 - Child Advocacy Center
2014 - Albany Medical Center Pediatric Group
2016 - Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center
2017 - Community Care Physicians Albany Family Medicine
2017 - St. Peter's Family Health Center
           - Albany Medical Center WIC
           - Qazir Sutherland Memorial, Ezra Prentice Homes                                     Community Center