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First Book: Library-Builder for McClean County Kids


Stratus is proud to be a supporter of First Book McClean County, an organization that provides brand new book distributions on an on-going basis to at-risk children through close partnerships with existing non-profit, community-based tutoring, mentoring, and family literacy programs.

“Our ultimate goal is to turn children on to books, reading and continuing their education,” explains Mary Guinane, First Book Board of Directors Chairperson. “We provide children from low-income families with brand new books they can keep, and the kids are thrilled they can start or expand their own home libraries.”

Contributions made to First Book have benefited hundreds of children in the community with thousands of books. In fact, since 2002 they’ve donated over 160,000 books to children in McLean County. “Our goal is to grant each child 1 book a month for a year, but we need more funds to make this a reality,” explains Guinane. “Right now they get a new book to take home, with their name in it on a name plate, between two and four times per year.”


Becuase they have no physical office or paid staff, administrative costs are very low for this organization. “We are 100% self-funded and ninety-six cents of each dollar is used to buy books,” says Guinane.” Our board and volunteers work very hard to raise funds for this special cause and greatly appreciate corporate support from caring companies like Stratus Networks.”

First Book is funded through grants, contributions and the profits from three fundraising events each year. Their next fundraiser will be held on June 13 at Biaggi’s. The event is open to the public, tickets are $40 each and more information will be posted on their website soon, which is


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