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Big Red Bookshelf

About the Project:

The Big Red Bookshelf project places bright red bookshelves stocked with gently-used or new books appropriate for children from 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!

Find a Big Red Bookshelf: 

Duluth Area Family YMCA - Cared for by Minnesota Reading Corps

Duluth Grill Family Restaurant - Cared for by Mentor Duluth 

CHUM Family Shelter - Cared for by AFSCME 3801-UMD

United Way of Greater Duluth - Cared for by UWGD Staff

Legal Aid of Northeastern Minnesota - Cared for by LASNEM Staff

St. Louis County Central Client Area - Cared for by United Way 2-1-1

Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women - Cared for by Altrusa International of Duluth, MN  

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank - Cared for by Hermantown Food Shelf

St. Luke's Pediatric Associates - Cared for by Duluth Noon Optimist Club

Duluth WIC - Cared for by Arrowhead Reading Council

Rathke Bachuber Children's Emergency Department at Essentia Health - Cared for by St. Mary's Auxiliary

Lake Superior Community Health Center Dental Clinic - Cared for by Century Link Telephone Pioneers

Lake Superior Community Health Center Doctor's Office

Proctor Area Community Center (PACC) - Cared for by PACC Academic Tutors

Community Action Duluth-Cared for by Community Action Duluth

YWCA-Spirit Valley - Cared for by YWCA Staff

Harrison Community Center-Cared for by Northern Arts Expressive

Get Involved:

Donate Books! 

Bring your gently-used or new children’s books—appropriate for children ages birth to 3rd grade—to one of our drop-off locations: 

The Bookstore at Fitgers

  •  600 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802  

Duluth Teachers Credit Union – Collecting books at the following three locations:

  • Downtown - 11 West 2nd St.
  • Kenwood - 1358 West Arrowhead Road
  • Miller Hill - 4433 Trinity Road

Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union

  • 30 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN
  • 4908 Miller Trunk Hwy. Hermantown, MN 55811 

Share Advantage Credit Union

  • 2502 Maple Grove Rd  Duluth, MN 55811
  • 407 E 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55802 (Essentia Health Main Campus Lower Level)

Shear Hair Magic Salon & Spa

  • 4899 Miller Trunk Hwy Hermantown, MN 55810 

United Way of Greater Duluth

  • 424 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802


Screen Donated Books!

Flexible volunteer opportunity for people of all ages. Screen donated books for content and appropriateness.

Host a Book Drive!

Get your organization, friends, family, school, whoever involved by hosting a Big Red Bookshelf book drive.  It's fun, easy and a great way to give back to the community!  Not sure where to get started?  Check out our Book Drive Toolkit and Book Drive Flyer.

Contact the Community Initiatives Coordinator for more information.


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