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The Cultivator Bookmobile will give free books to Bertie County Children on Saturday, December, 19, 2021, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Bertie County YMCA. The event location is 1102 North King Street in Windsor.

Cultivator, a 501c3 non-profit, is on a mission to improve access to books and nutrition throughout the Hertford, Bertie, Gates, and Northampton Counties. The bookmobile started in 2016 and calls Murfreesboro home. Although their headquarters sits in another county, their director expresses concern for the entire region.

In fact, the founder Caroline Stephenson noted that she has three Bertie County citizens who serve on the board of her non-profit–April Swain and Nicole Outlaw of Windsor and Jennifer Smyth, of Roxobel.

Although the original mission was to put books into the eager hands of little children, the organization quickly saw another problem. Hunger.

So they began a partnership with a church in Murfreesboro and help distribute food monthly.

Free Book Boxes Around Bertie County

Besides the bookmobile service, Cultivator also has four free book boxes stationed throughout Bertie County. Although we have listed these before, in a prior article about Cultivator, it bears repeating it to help spread the word:

  • Kelford Community Park | across the street from the post office, on Main Street in Kelford
  • Duck Thru Gas Station (box is next to the newspaper boxes) | 208 E. Church Street, Lewiston Woodville
  • Glam Boutique | 115 E. Granville Street, Windsor (next to the boutique’s front door)
  • Powellville Post Office | 103 Bethlehem Church Road, in Powellsville

Do you know a child who needs books but cannot make the event on Saturday? Please feel free to use this resource.

Cultivator Needs More Host Locations to Distribute Free Books

Our county is vast and large. Many families cannot get to the two library locations in Aulander and Windsor. The free books provided by Cultivator are a lifeline to literacy for many children and families.

But they need help to do this. Do you know of a retail location, church, or public building that would host a free book box? If so, reach out to them on Facebook and offer your space. They provide all that you need, except for the space–and maybe a volunteer to help keep the books tidy.

They also need donated children’s books; if you have any you’d like to donate please bring them by on Saturday.

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