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McHenry Fire Protection District Drive Thru Event

October 2021 — For our second year we were once again excited to be able to join with MFPD and their annual drive thru event. We provided 641 books to 132 McHenry County Kids. See you next year!

McHenry Murder Mystery

October 2021 — YCB participated in our first ever McHenry Murder Mystery as a clue spot. What a fun day as participants became detectives as they work through puzzles and piece together clues to find out whodunnit! Using a combination of a scavenger hunt app, video clues, and live interactions, the sleuths will travel around downtown McHenry trying to solve the case. Ton's of fun interactions and great people visited YCB. Thank you everyone for your kind donations.

Mercy Housing/Marian Park After School Program

September 2021 — Welcome our newest Program Partner. Mercy Housing is redefining affordable, low-income housing. We’re a national nonprofit organization that is working to build a more humane world where communities are healthy and all people can develop their full potential. Mercy Housing is one of the nation’s largest affordable housing organizations. We teamed with Mercy to supply kids within their community books as part of the after-school program.

Metropolitan Family Services Back2School

August/ September 2021 — Your Children's Bookshelf was pleased to be part of Metropolitan Family Services 2021 Back2School event, utilizing our Books to You Program. Our relationship with Metropolitan Family Services in 2021 led to us providing 6,879 books to 1,784 children to several MSF locations in the Chicago-land area. We are extremely blessed to be partnering with Metropolitan Family Services (

Generation Housing Initiatives Grandparents Day

August 2021 — Your Children's Bookshelf is always looking to expand our reach in providing free books to families and children in-need. We are so pleased to have Generations Housing Initiatives as a New Program Partner of YCB. Generations Housing grew out of the Habitat Company’s Affordable Group to create an entity whose primary focus is providing vital services to its low-income residents. We have teamed together at several properties in Downtown Chicago providing books to the resident's grandchildren and family members. In 2021 we provided 2,303 books to 381 kids. We look forward to 2022, thank you very much GHI.

People's Resource Center Back2School

August 2021 — Your Children's Bookshelf was blessed to be part of a People's Resource Center Back2School drive thru resource fair. Utilizing "Our Books to You" program we provided gently used and new books for 205 children. We gave out a total of 1,120 books. Thank you to PRC for continuing partnering with us.

GiGi's PlayHouse

July 2021 — It is with great pleasure that Your Children’s Bookshelf (YCB) announces our latest Program Partner GiGi's Playhouse. Gigi's changes lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model. We joined GiGi's at the McHenry Festival at Petersen Park as they were they with Ms. McHenry County painting rocks with the kids. YCB was able to give away 810 books to 135 children. Thank you for the invite GiGi's.

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