PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY BBQ FOR BOOKS
All proceeds from this event go into the Howard Mabe Literacy Fund to be used to purchase new books and to fund early literacy programs for over 2,000 young children in Stokes County, which encourages the love of reading beginning at an early age. Your participation will help to support such programs as:
*Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library - EVERY child under 5 years of age in Stokes County receives a free book EVERY month! We launched this program in early 2015 as a direct result of past proceeds from BBQ for Books. Over 900 children are now enrolled, leaving over 1,000 more to go! Dolly makes it easier for us by keeping the cost as low as possible and by paying for the postage to mail them out to each child. However, even our cost to provide these high quality books can add up. On the average our cost is $25 to $30 per child per year.
*Reach Out and Read – Is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Currently, we are providing this program at LifeBrite Pediatric Clinic of Danbury, where the county’s poverty levels are the highest.
*We purchase books to be available for check out by the public through the KidSource Child Care Resource and Referral Library, which includes books specifically for young children, parenting books for parents/caregivers and field specific books for early childhood professionals.
*Books are given away at community events like our Little Folks Festival (alternates annually between schools in Walnut Cove and King). Young children participate in fun school readiness activities, including visiting a real school classroom and get to take a book home for free!