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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 2,500 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. Dolly makes it easier for us by keeping our portion of the cost as low as possible, but our portion 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, Novant Pediatrics in King and the Stokes County Health Department. 

  • 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 also given away at multiple community events throughout the year.

  • NEW! With proceeds from past BBQ for Books, we are installing a professional Book Walk exhibit at King Central Park to be open the spring of 2023. We are optimistically looking forward to branching out to other parks in the county in the near future!. Stay tuned!

  • Plus, we have opened a new Little Free Library at our office! Come by and take a book and leave a book.

  • Because of the success of this event, we have been able to use proceeds to help support other underfunded programs that focus on family support, health, and early care and education. 

Click here to download policies for the Howard Mabe Literacy Fund. 

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