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Book Time With Your Baby is currently funded by donations from interested individuals and organizations and by a gift from the Estate of Leona Gifford. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the Duluth Library Foundation (click for a printable donation form or send a check to the Duluth Library Foundation, Book Time With Your Baby, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802).
Officially launched in June 1999, the Book Time project was funded in its first year by a Family Services Collaborative Children's Library Services Grant ($30,100) from the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning (now the Minnesota Department of Education).
Grant funds have also been received from the Dale Heimbach Wheeler Memorial Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Northland Foundation and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library.
More Book Time information:
Book fairs have been held at several local bookstores. At fairs during the holiday season, library staff helped bookstore shoppers select children's books as gifts. Bookstores have donated a percentage of sales during the fair to the Book Time project.
For the past several years, Barnes & Noble has held a month-long book drive to benefit Book Time With Your Baby. During the designated month, anyone who purchases a book to donate to the project receives a 10% discount on those purchases. At the end of the month, Barnes & Noble matches the number of books donated. In 2002, over 120 books were given to the Book Time project. Books were then distributed to agencies such as the Domestic Abuse Intervention Visitation Center, ISD #709 Teen Parent Program, YWCA Day Care and the St. Louis County Health Department's WIC program.
For more information about Book Time funding, contact Judy Sheriff (218-730-4211).
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