Storytelling Guild's "Pass the Book" project

The Storytelling Guild of Jackson County is once again collecting gently used and new children’s books for its “Pass the Book” program.  Each year the Storytelling Guild distributes children’s books to agencies in Jackson County to share with the families they serve.  From Head Start to the Children’s Advocacy Center, from the Dunn House to foster children, from the Community Health Centers to Healthy Start, last Spring 4,805 children’s books made their way into the hands of children … in their homes, in waiting rooms, at Kids Unlimited, in Juvenile Detention and the Juvenile Shelter, at On Track, the Magdalene House, the Providence Birth Place, at Rogue Valley Medical Center’s Moms and Tots and Pediatrics, through Jackson County Health and Human Services Vital Links program, at Access food pantries, and at North Medford High School’s Child Development program.

Through the generosity of donors in every community in Jackson County, and with the support of Jackson County Library Services and Umpqua Bank, the Storytelling Guild distributed more books to agencies in the Fall.  Several new agencies were happy recipients, including the Ruch Kids Book Bank and the Butte Falls Community/School Partnership.   
Books may be donated to “Pass the Book” during the month of January at all 15 branches of the Jackson County Library and at all 8 branches of Umpqua Bank in Jackson County.  Books are needed for all age groups, from babies (board books are very welcome) to teens and all ages in between.   Teen books are especially needed.  Share your love of books and reading: donate children’s books to the Storytelling Guild’s “Pass the Book” program.    
The Storytelling Guild is a group of volunteers dedicated to serving the community by providing opportunities for children to be exposed to the magic of books and the joy of reading. “Pass the Book” is just one of their programs.  They also present an annual “Book Walk” fashion show of books to 3rd graders, present a weekly preschool storytime at the Medford Library Wednesdays at 11 a.m., sponsor a free show at the Craterian each January, provide 24 hour access to Dial-a-Story at 774-6439, and provide a scholarship to an RCC student passionate about early literacy and/or early childhood education. 

The Storytelling Guild is best known for the annual Children’s Festival.  Planning has begun for the 44th Children’s Festival at the Britt Grounds in Jacksonville in July 2010.  Exact dates of the three-day festival will be announced in January.  More information about the Storytelling Guild is available at www.storytellingguild.org.

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