SEASIDE - Reita Fackerell, the Seaside librarian, is adding children's books to every box of food that goes from the Seaside Food Bank to a family with children.
"It's kind of like food for the brain bank," she said. "I want every child to have their own brand-new book."
The program is funded by a $700 Ready to Read grant from the state, which Fackerell said can be used in any way that promotes reading with toddlers and preschoolers. She previously used the grant to give books for babies and literature about the importance of reading to newborns at Seaside Providence Hospital. That program, which provides materials in English and Spanish, will now be funded by the library's general budget, Fackerell said.
Fackerell is buying the books at the Book Warehouse, where she receives a librarian's discount, but she welcomes donations of new books so she can keep handing them out through the end of the year.
"We'll find a way," she said. "Those parents were so delighted ... I just want the library to be a part of the community any way it can."