Read Each Day
The RED Bookshelf is a non-profit community literacy program. Working with community partners, we 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.
2020 was a challenging year to continue to provide Albany families access to free books. Though a number of RED Bookshelves were made inaccessible by the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, we were able to find different ways to get books to children, distributing a total of 36,517 books by the end of 2020.
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. In 2016, the Bright Red Bookshelf Program of Albany was incorporated as The RED Bookshelf, an independent nonprofit. Since its beginning in 2009, The RED Bookshelf has distributed more than 160,000 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
- Giffen Elementary WMY School-Based Health Clinic
- Sheridan Preparatory Academy WMY School-Based Health Clinic
- Creighton Storey, Community Center
- Schuyler Achievement WMY School-Based Health Clinic
- Capital Woods, Community Center
2018 -Albany 518 SNUG
2020 -Paul Collins-Hackett joins as Executive Director
-Hood's House of Hoops
2021 - Tru Images Barbershop
-Will's Barbershop, Central Ave.
-Will's Barbershop, Delaware Ave.
-Introduce the FATHER Box, full of Fun Activities To Help Enthusiastic Learners