Raising Readers in Story County partners with Worldly Goods

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Raising Readers in Story County (RRSC) has partnered with Worldly Goods to provide quality children’s books for Story County families. Patrons can purchase children’s books at Worldly Goods, which will then be donated to RRSC for use in their StoryTime programs in Ames, Read to Succeed programs at several Story County elementary schools and StoryPals programs in Ames, Nevada and Colo-Nesco. These culturally diverse children’s books will help children learn about different cultures throughout the world and will benefit children in Story County who are improving their literacy development through RRSC programs. Worldly Goods will also have a donation box located at the store for any new and gently used children’s (0-8 years old) books that community members wish to donate.

Kim Hanna, executive director for RRSC said, “This is such a wonderful partnership between RRSC and Worldly Goods! I am so happy to work with them to provide great books for our programs. We’re especially excited that Spanish language books are an option for patrons to donate, as well as great folk tale stories from Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. We try to have books that reflect the children that we work with, and Story County has such great diversity! We want to offer a wide variety of stories for our children.” Andrea Gronau, manager of Worldly Goods, looks to the next generation to develop our local community. “It’s a natural fit for Worldly Goods to partner with RRSC to share the stories of the world and promote a greater understanding of different cultures. Worldly Goods wants to help bridge social understanding.”

The mission of Raising Readers in Story County is to improve language and literacy development in children from birth to age 8, and nurture healthy parent-child relationships. For more information on the organization and the programs offered, please visit www.raising-readers.org.