Bug’s Books

Free books for students

Formerly Reading Reindeer

What is Bug’s Books?

Bug’s Books, formerly known as Reading Reindeer, is a community service project that gives new books to children all year long, but primarily during the holiday season. This program supplies books to children who may not have the opportunity to ever own a book of their own.

The goal of Bug’s Books is to not match books to children’s specific interests but to open their minds to the joy of reading by giving them the delight of actually owning a book to enjoy over and over again. In previous years, books have been distributed to children attending Northside Early Childhood Center, Head Start, the Dorman Center, and the Salvation Army project with the Shelbyville Fire Department.

Why did the name change?

The Reading Reindeer program has been renamed to Bug’s Books, in honor of Duanne Puckett. Duanne started the Reading Reindeer program along with Molly Sullivan, and was the former Editor of the Sentinel-News and Community Relations Coordinator at Shelby County Public Schools. Duanne passed away in February 2021. She was an ardent supporter of the Library and literacy and was a longtime member of the Library’s Brown Bag Book Club.

How can I support the program?

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile literacy program for the youth of our community!

To make a contribution to the program, please send a check payable to Bug’s Books to the Shelby County Public Library at 309 8th Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065.

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