All of us at The MONARCH TRAIN are strong proponents of early childhood education. We believe that reading can provide children in our community with the wings they need to soar. The incredible people (and animals) at Big Red’s Barn share our vision. That is why we are teaming up to offer a FREE monthly book exchange.
When is it?
The last Saturday of every month from 6:30PM – 7:00PM.
Our very first event will be held on January 26th. We will be reading one of our favorite books, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Each family who joins us will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the book.
Where is it?
Big Red’s Barn is located at 7397 N Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! We want every family in our community to feel welcome, regardless of their ability to pay. All you need to do to join us is bring a used (or new) book with you to exchange, as well as a copy of the email confirmation you received after you signed up.
How old do you have to be?
This monthly event is open to ALL ages.
What is the event all about?
Our goal is to encourage an early love of reading. Families who are finished with one of their books can bring it to the exchange and leave it for another family to take home and enjoy. Every family is welcome to pick out a book at the event so that nobody leaves empty handed. We can’t promise what kind of books you will find. It will be a new adventure every month, depending on what each family brings. You never know what treasures you will find.
Will I see any animals?
All of our furry friends will be in bed for the night. However, Raspberry the Donkey has very kindly agreed to join us. She loves books! There might even be a rebellious goat here or there who wants to be a part of the fun. Overall though, you should come expecting to do a lot more reading than snuggling.
What if I have books to donate but can’t make it to the event?
No worries! The awesome team at Big Red’s Barn is going to make a book drop available for families who want to donate books.
How do I sign up?
Sign up using the form below. You will receive an email confirmation once we have registered you for the event. You must have a printout of the email confirmation with you in order to come inside. You will receive your confirmation letter within 24 hours of registering.
* Please be sure that if you sign up you plan on being there. Per fire code regulations, we can only accommodate a certain number of people. If you sign up and you are a “no show,” you will not be able to sign up for future book nights. This is not meant to be unkind. With spots being limited, it is simply meant to ensure that families who really want to take part are able to. However, we do realize that things happen in life. If you notify us at least 24 hours before the event that you will not be able to make it, you will not lose the ability to sign up in the future. We hope you understand and we look forward to seeing you soon!