Little Red Bookshelf Sites

The Little Red Bookshelf is an early literacy effort sponsored by 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.

Read a book there and take one home to keep! Children can enjoy the books where they are or take a book home to use. The program aims to foster a love of  reading and provide access to books for all children. We currently sponsor 40 shelves in 19 communities throughout southwest Minnesota.

We are in need of shelf stockers! If you or someone you know would be interested, email A shelf stocker checks and updates the shelf by refilling and/or rotating the books every 4-6 weeks. All books are provided by UWSWMN. The volunteer opportunity does not take much time and is a great family opportunity!

We are in need of shelf stockers at the following locations:

  • Canby Laundromat
  • Lyndwood Center (Lynd)