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Free Books for Geneva’s Kids

At 10 different locations around Geneva, the Geneva Reads organization is steadily increasing access to literature for children through the Red Book Shelf program. Through this initiative, volunteers from the Geneva and Hobart and William Smith Colleges communities fill bookshelves with gently used books, which are then available for children to take home, free of charge.

In the past year, the Red Book Shelf program has distributed 1,700 books to Geneva’s children through the efforts of Deb Brewer, a retired elementary school teacher, and Jess Steketee ’13 and Jessica Lynn ’14, civic leaders for literacy through the Colleges’ Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL).

The shelves are at the following locations:
• The United Methodist Church of Geneva
• West Street Elementary School
• North Street Elementary School
• Geneva School District Offices (located at North Street School)
• The Geneva Community Center
• Finger Lakes Medical Associates
• The Child and Family Resource Center
• Geneva Housing Authority
• The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, at Goodman Street
• Geneva Community Health

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL at or 315-781-3825.

In the photo above, President Mark D. Gearan reads to elementary students who attend the afterschool program at Trinity Church in Geneva.