Books at the Barn


Dear Friends,

The past 24 hours have been extremely challenging for our team. As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, we’ve received multiple pieces of difficult news that have impacted our daily lives. It has been a brutal 24 hours. We also have several people on our team who are at high risk (age, asthma, etc.).

This is a decision we have been struggling with. On one hand, we want to create normalcy in our community. We don’t want to contribute to any panic or further anxiety. On the other hand, we don’t want to be responsible for any of you getting ill.

Unlike a visit to Big Red’s Barn, which we believe is perfectly safe, our community book exchanges involve a great deal of shared contact. There are young, vulnerable hands across different books from different homes. There are tickets and bookmarks and many shared exchanges. On top of all of that, someone on our team is experiencing a cough. We don’t want to take any chances.

We hope you understand this decision. It was an extremely difficult one to make. Please know that Big Red’s Barn is taking every precaution possible to keep you and your family safe. They have several areas where you can wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. There’s a big difference between sharing one another’s books to take home and enjoying a visit with some furry friends.
We very much hope our decision to cancel the event in no way impacts your decision to visit Big Red’s Barn. We cannot express enough how wonderful every single person at Big Red’s Barn is. They’re taking every precaution to keep you safe.
This is a decision we needed to make for The MONARCH TRAIN team, for our high risk members and those who aren’t feeling well. We truly care about every single one of you we have gotten to know and we couldn’t live with ourselves if we were in any way responsible for any illnesses.
Again, we hope you understand and we deeply apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience this change of plans causes. We want you to stay safe. Let’s look out for one another. Let’s all be kind. Let’s be generous. Let’s be responsible. We’re in this together and we’ll get through it together. That means no hoarding the toilet paper! 😉 We’ll see you on April 11th.

All the best,




All of us at The MONARCH TRAIN are strong proponents of early childhood literacy. 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 teamed up to offer a FREE monthly book exchange.


When is it?
The second Saturday of every month from 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Our next event will be held on Saturday, April 11th.

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. We do have donation jars available, though. The events cost us money because we purchase the books we give away. Even having everyone contribute $1 helps us a great deal.

How old do you have to be?
This monthly event is open to ALL ages.

What book will you be reading this month?
“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 special paperback edition of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. It features a Max plush toy and sticker book. We will also be giving away a pair of free admission tickets to Big Red’s Barn to one lucky family. 

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 we will have. 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 one or two of them will stay up late to get some extra pets. There are also our winged friends, the birds. They are always by the door to welcome everyone. You will just have to join us to see who has decided to hang out.

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 have a book drop available for families who want to donate books at any point during the month. Just bring them by during business hours, which are Thursday – Sunday between 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

What if we are a family in need and we are unable to bring a book with us?
Please come join us regardless! We always have extra books available. On top of that, if you are having difficulty bringing books into your home, please reach out to us at so that we can try to help. We understand how difficult financial struggles can be. No child should miss out on the opportunity to discover the joy of reading.

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.

* We are so excited to have you join us. If you sign up and you realize you can’t make it, please let us know so that your spot can be given to another family. Just email us at with the subject line “cancellation” or give us a call at (208) 718-2758. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Please note: We reserve the right to refuse admission.

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