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Old newspaper stands find new life as free book libraries

Three giveaway libraries for young readers are now at Daughtrey Elementary, Manatee Elementary, and Palmetto Elementary Schools.

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The "Boxo Boox" (pronounced: box o' books) is a project of the Rotary Club of Bradenton, Soar in 4, School District of Manatee County, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County and Manatee Technical College.

The boxes, which once sold newspapers, are free for families to utilize and build their own library at home. 

Even before they start kindergarten, young children deserve to participate in learning experiences led by caring and well-trained adults.  

Parents and caregivers should have access to the support they need to encourage their children’s development.

Reading to a child for just 20 minutes per day exposes them to about 1.8 million words a year.  

By age four, children whose parents regularly spend time reading and talking to them may have heard as many as 30 million more words than their peers.

This lays a strong foundation for learning to read.


This Campaign for Grade Level Reading collaboration ensures that families have access to free books in their neighborhood. 

Our goal is to provide a giveaway library at each Title I elementary school.

This Good News was submitted by: Dr. Sheila Halpin, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Volunteer Coordinator for the School District of Manatee County. Please visit to learn about more initiatives to assist families in our community.