Books at the Barn

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 next event will be held on March 30th. We will be reading one of our favorite books, “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Each family who joins us will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Board Book   -     By: Eric Carle

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! However, donations are very much appreciated. 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.

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?
Yes! Most of our furry friends will be in bed for the night but a few of them will stay up to get some extra pets. Raspberry the Donkey loves books, and so do some of her friends. You will just have to join us to see who has decided to hang out. 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?
Please sign up using the form below. You will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours once we have registered you for the event. You will be on a list, so it is not necessary for you to bring a printout of the email. Just provide us with your name at the door.

* 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. However, we 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 look forward to seeing you soon!


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