This is one of my favorite ways to provide good things to the community, and the opportunity remains all year long.
Giving lightly used or new children’s books to the Binghampton Bookhouses ensure that these sturdy little houses on poles–splashed with color–remain well-stocked for the neighborhood children to always be able to benefit from reading.
Led and organized by neighborhood resident Roger Bowen, the four Bookhouses–three of which are located along Tillman Street and one of which is found inside the Carpenter Art Garden–are re-stocked out of the storage shelves at the Binghampton Development Corporation.
Kids are free to take and return–or keep–as many books as they like. Several times while I’ve been at the offices of the BDC, children have come in to take some books straight from there!
“It’s not just that they learn and enjoy reading,” says Roger (who especially favors the The Jesus Storybook Bible), “but that they are able to learn and enjoy the Bible.”
Donate your new or lightly used children’s books to the box located by the front desk, or feel free to drop them by the Binghampton Development Corporation (280 Tillman) during normal office hours.