Give a child the gift of reading this holiday

Support FamilyMeans through the Book Angel program at Valley Bookseller

Valley Bookseller is collecting books for the ‘Book Angel’ program that provides new books to children and teenagers participating in FamilyMeans’ youth programs in the Landfall and Cimarron communities.

For the ninth year, Valley Bookseller at 217 Main St. North in Stillwater displays the ‘Book Angel’ tree so customers can select an angel with a child’s name, age, gender, reading level and interests. Once a book is purchased, Valley Bookseller will hold the book for FamilyMeans staff members who will wrap and distribute the books to the appropriate children prior to Christmas.

Books for the ‘Book Angel’ program can be purchased through noon on Wednesday.

“The Book Angels program is a great way to promote reading at an early age,” said Jaime Staska, children’s program coordinator at Cimarron in Lake Elmo

“We’re so grateful to everyone who participates in this program each year to make this opportunity possible for the kids,” she added. “It’s wonderful to watch their faces light up when they receive a new book of their own.”

FamilyMeans began the Youth Development Initiative at Landfall in 1993 and Cimarron in 2008. The youth programs provide structured, safe, supervised locations each weekday where children and teenagers from the two communities participate in a range of activities.