Free Books From Read Aloud Nebraska Distributed Across the State!
Read Aloud Schools and Communities from across the state are helping to get brand new books into the hands of children who need them the most! With the help of teachers, librarians, media specialists and First Book, Read Aloud Nebraska has been able to distribute over 30,000 books to children in the following communities:
Albion
La Vista
Arnold
Lincoln
Ashland
Linwood
Bassett
Madison
Beatrice
McCook
Bellevue
McCool Junction
Blair
Mead
Boys Town
Nebraska City
Bridgeport
Nelson
Broken Bow
Newman Grove
Burwell
Niobrara
Central City
Norfolk
Ceresco
North Platte
Chambers
Ogallala
Clarks
Omaha
Clearwater
O'Neill
Columbus
Palmer
Cozad
Papillion
Creighton
Pierce
Dodge
Plainview
Dorchester
Ponca
Elba
Ralston
Elgin
Red Cloud
Fairfield
Rushville
Falls City
Schuyler
Firth
Scotia
Fremont
Scottsbluff
Geneva
Seward
Genoa
South Sioux City
Gering
Tekamah
Gibbon
Tilden
Gordon
Valparaiso
Grand Island
Wakefield
Hebron
Walthill
Jackson
Walton
Kearney
York

Some of the many creative ways that books were distributed include:

  • through local food pantries
  • to children of teen parents
  • through the free & reduced lunch program
  • at family reading nights
  • through "Backpack Programs"
  • through Habitat for Humanity
  • in Christmas baskets for families in need
One heart-warming story shared with us from the Kearney Literacy Council is about the six year old boy pictured below:

"He was so excited about the books we had chosen for him that the director [of the Kearney Habitat for Humanity] called me about 10:00 pm. that night to tell me that he was sprawled on the living room floor of this still empty house, lining up HIS books in the order that he wanted his Mom to read them to him!"

Habitat for Humanity