Enhancing Childhood Literacy
Each year, GGUW partners with Barnes & Noble to collect needed books to distribute throughout our community. These, along with other donated books are distributed by GGUW and partner organizations to ensure that all children have a book of their own to read at home.
Book Distribution Highlights
- AWARE Head Start Program
- Belgrade Fall Festival - "FALLing in love with books." Greater Gallatin United Way staff hands books out to children and families along the parade route. One excited child said, "This is the best part of the parade!"
- Belgrade Elementary - 226 books were distributed to Belgrade kindergarten students.
- Early Childhood Community Council Family Events ECCC distributed books at several early childhood events, including: Child Development Day & New Student Registration held at the Bozeman Public Library; Preschool Fair & Parade of Preschools; and, Family Forums held in Bozeman, Livingston, Belgrade, and Big Sky.
- Gallatin City-County Health Department Maternal Child Health Program "Thanks again for giving us books to be distributed on our home visits. We will use the books in our Public Health Home Visiting Program. We are currently using the Parents As Teachers evidence-based home visiting model and this model encourages home visitors to give a children’s book at every home visit in an effort to support our parents reading with their children. The families that we serve have typically been identified as “high risk” families due to issues including domestic violence, age, mental health concerns, substance abuse, and socioeconomic status. We typically receive referrals from health care providers, WIC, the Department of Family Services, and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Thank you so much for considering our Program for this great opportunity as we continue to promote the importance of reading to the families we work with." Thanks, Amie Gatterdam, Maternal Child Health Program Manager
- GGUW kidsLINK Afterschool Program Books are added to the current after school program libraries, as well as GIVEN to kids in the programs. "Giving and sharing the gift of reading is one of the best ways to achieve students’ academic performance. It helps with fluency, comprehension, spelling, and overall language development. Reading is also a wonderful pastime." Megan Brenna, kidsLINK Program Director. Books were recently added to Belgrade Middle School's NEW kidsLINK Afterschool Program Library.
- Child Care Connections Service Provider & Family Service Programs Books are used in the Child Care Connection Child Care Provider Training and Education Programs. In addition, books are given to families in their Family Service Program.
- Belgrade Festival of Lights & Belgrade Community Library Books are distributed to families participating in the festivities at the library.
- Community Health Partners Reach Out and Read - Doctors and nurses distribute books to children 0 – 5 years old when they have a medical or dental visit. Approximately 150 books a month are distributed through their 6 clinics in West Yellowstone, Belgrade, Bozeman, Livingston and 2 dental clinics.
- Greater Gallatin United Way & Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County "Little's" received a book during their holiday party in December.
- Thrive Partnership Project and Thriving Babies Program Thrive's home visiting program provides families with parent education, life skills, assistance accessing community resources and encouragement to grow. Books are used by providers and given to families.
- Livingston Food Pantry Library Families in need select books from the pantry library while acquiring healthful food.
- Bozeman & Belgrade Schools Kindergarten Registration Books are given to families at kindergarten registration.
- Big Sky Youth Dynamics Books and backpacks were given to teenagers staying in the Big Sky Youth Shelter.
- Week of the Young Child Conference Books are given to families who participate in activities during this week-long event.
- Bozeman Library Summer Learning Program
- Livingston Roundup Parade Volunteers for Greater Gallatin United Way helped distribute 300 books during the parade. The theme, "It's Blooming Books."
- Summer School Library Opening Emily Dickinson and Meadowlark Elementry Schools received approximately 50 books for their summer reading pilot project. During the summer, students may checkout books from their school library and are also receive a book to keep. The goal is to provide easy access to books, encourage summer reading and decrease summer learning loss.
- Belgrade Community Library and GGUW kidsLINK Afterschool Family Nights
- Gallatin Mental Health Center Provide books to young patients utilizing their services.
- Gallatin YMCA Children's Summer Programs and Teen Parents Y Achievers is a 6-week summer reading program for 1st - 3rd grade children geared toward addressing the Achievement Gap; disparity in academic performance of educational attainment. Summer learning loss prevention for children who are reading at or below grade level or most at risk for falling further behind.
- Kohl's Cares Holiday Giving Event Provide Christmas gifts for families in need.
- Project Homeless Connect - A one-day event providing services and information to homeless individuals and families. Children received bags that included basic needs items as well as books.
- Winans & Washington School's Parent Teacher Organization - Provide books to K-2 students