Sanford Canby Receives a Little Red Bookshelf

Sanford Canby is the new home of a Little Red Bookshelf.  The Little Red Bookshelf is an early literacy effort sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) that places red bookshelves at key locations where children and families often visit. Shelves are filled with donated, new, or gently-used books in multiple languages for children ages birth to 5th grade.

Children can enjoy the books where they are and/or take a book home if they wish.  The program aims to foster a love of reading and provide access to books for all children throughout the UWSWMN service area. Efforts to expand the program throughout United Way’s service area have been taking place since the program was inherited from another entity whose primary focus was Marshall.

The Little Red Bookshelf will be located in the children’s room of Sanford Canby’s waiting area.  Other locations with a Little Red Bookshelf include:  Marshall: Big Stone Therapy at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Esther’s Kitchen by Loaves and Fishes, Graham Tire, Lyon County Law Enforcement Center, Liberty Laundry, New Horizons Crisis Center, Prairie Pride Cooperative, Lyon County Court Administration, Rain & Shine Laundry, Southwest Health and Human Services, United Community Action Partnership, Western Mental Health Center, United Way of Southwest Minnesota, the Marshall Area YMCA, and both Prairie Home Hospice Houses.  Tracy: Laundromat.  Walnut Grove: Dental Office and Country View Senior Living.  Westbrook: Thrifty White Pharmacy. Cottonwood: United Southwest Bank and Open Door Health/Handeland Chiropractic office complex.  Clarkfield: Open Door Health. Tyler: Laundromat.  Balaton: Lakeview Senior Living. Granite Falls: Granite Falls Family Dentistry, Countryside Public Health/Family Services, and Granite Falls Health Clinic. Ivanhoe: Southwest Health and Human Services.  Canby: Laundromat.  Hendricks: Dental Office. Slayton: New Horizon’s Crisis Center and Southwest Health and Human Services. Minneota: Assisted Living Facility.  Fulda: Maple Lawn Nursing Home. Dawson: Johnson Memorial Health Services. Wood Lake: First Independent Bank.  Currie: State Bank.  Coming soon: Lynd: Southwest School of Dance/Lyndwood Center. 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED®   In Southwest Minnesota, we focus on: Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety & Well-being. For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at

Pictured: Cheryl Ferguson, Jason Anderson, and Cheryl Mortenson of Sanford Canby.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.