Big Red Bookshelf




Books for Children

The Big Red Bookshelf project places bright red bookshelves, stocked with new or gently-used books appropriate for children ages birth - 3rd grade, in the community where families with young children visit. These books have been donated by community members. Children are invited to take a book home to keep and share!  View the current Big Red Bookshelf locations list here.

Donate Books 

Bring your gently-used or new children’s books—appropriate for children ages birth to 3rd grade—to our office.  Books can be delivered Monday - Friday 8:00-4:00 PM at United Way 999 East Main St. Ravenna, OH (second floor of the Chemical Bank bldg).

Host a Book Drive

Coordinate your efforts with your co-workers, family, neighbors or community groups to conduct a book drive. Donated books will be used to create new bookshelves and re-stock existing locations. 

Build a Shelf

Are you good with your hands?  Would you like to help promote the love of reading?  Volunteer to build the next Big Red Bookshelf and help bring the love of reading to children in Portage County.  Click HERE for a complete set of building plans and material list.  NOTE: the paint should be Sherwin Williams Real Red #SW6868.


BRB Flyer                       BRB Photo Gallery

BRB Locations               Donation Intake Form

Book Placement Form    Agency Report Form

Bookshelf Building Plans

Big Red Bookshelf Interest Form