The Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) of Dawson is the new home of a Little Red Bookshelf. The Little Red Bookshelf is an early literacy effort sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) that places red bookshelves at key locations where children and families often visit. Shelves are filled with donated, new, or gently-used books in multiple languages for children ages birth to 5th grade.
Children can enjoy the books where they are and/or take a book home if they wish. The program aims to foster a love of reading and provide access to books for all children throughout the UWSWMN service area. Efforts to expand the program throughout United Way’s service area have been taking place since the program was inherited from another entity whose primary focus was Marshall.
JMHS will house the Little Red Bookshelf in the clinic waiting room of their facility. Other locations with a Little Red Bookshelf include: Marshall: Big Stone Therapy at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Esther’s Kitchen by Loaves and Fishes, Graham Tire, Lyon County Law Enforcement Center, Liberty Laundry, New Horizons Crisis Center, , Prairie Pride Cooperative, Lyon County Court Administration, Rain & Shine Laundry, Southwest Health and Human Services, United Community Action Partnership, Western Mental Health Center, United Way of Southwest Minnesota, the Marshall Area YMCA, and both Prairie Home Hospice Houses. Tracy: Laundromat. Walnut Grove: Dental Office and Country View Senior Living. Westbrook: Thrifty White Pharmacy. Cottonwood: United Southwest Bank and Open Door Health/Handeland Chiropractic office complex. Clarkfield: Open Door Health. Tyler: Laundromat. Balaton: Lakeview Senior Living. Granite Falls: Granite Falls Family Dentistry. Ivanhoe: Southwest Health and Human Services. Canby: Laundromat. Hendricks: Dental Office. Slayton: New Horizon’s Crisis Center and Southwest Health and Human Services. Minneota: Manor Assisted Living Facility.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED® In Southwest Minnesota, we focus on: Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety & Well-being. For more information on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and our commitment to the area, please visit our website at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.