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Books For Kids Shipment Day

March 17

Books for Kids is a Greater Mankato Area United Way program designed to instill the joy of reading in children by providing free books and parenting resources to families in our region. Since 1997, this program has helped build children’s home libraries, encourage literacy skills, and foster school readiness.

Our longtime partner Capstone Publishing donates thousands of books every other month, which United Way distributes via mail to children ages 2 months through 4 years, 11 months. Through this program, United Way also provides hundreds of books via community outreach events such as Project Community Connect and Mankato Area Public Schools Early Childhood Screening program. In 2021, Books for Kids provided nearly 30,000 books to regional children.

Parents may sign up their children for the program at any time; any child between 2 months and 4 years, 11 months can participate if they live within United Way’s service area of Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, or Waseca counties, or if a parent works in Mankato/North Mankato. Sign up here.

2022 Delivery Months:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • August
  • September
  • November


March 17
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