Special to the Courier
The team of volunteers who helped unload boxes of The Big & Little Kids Books at 6th Street Mini Storage in Prescott were relieved when the heavy lifting was done. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Fuller, Tracey McConnell, Sergeant Robert Brown, Officer David McNally, Lori Miller, Cindy Pemberton, Officer Dan Smith, Officer Paul Himes, and Tom Miller.
The 2013 edition of The Big & Little Kids Book, a free resource guide of organizations serving Yavapai County children, teens and their families, is now available countywide. The book, which contains resources such as education, health services, recreation and transportation, is made possible through funding from the Yavapai County Community Foundation and First Things First. Families can pick up their own copy at public schools, libraries and family services agencies in their community or online at www.yavapaikidsbook.org.
On Friday, Jan. 25, a truck carrying 20,000 copies of The Big & Little Kids Books - 10 heavy pallets - arrived at 6th Street Mini Storage in Prescott to be stored and later distributed. The morning sky threatened rain. The boxes needed to be unpacked immediately, but Tracey McConnell of YCCF and Cindy Pemberton of First Things First, who organize the distribution of the books, couldn't do it by themselves. McConnell called the police departments in Prescott and Prescott Valley to see if they were willing to help. They sent volunteers straight away.
Together, McConnell, Pemberton, the owners of 6th Street Mini Storage and the police department volunteers unpacked the pallets in one hour.
Through the dedication of volunteers, The Big & Little Kids Book is now available across Yavapai County, helping families access the services they need and keeping our communities strong.
Pick up a copy of the guide at the following locations: Public Libraries; Chambers of Commerce; the Department of Economic Security in Prescott and Cottonwood; Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott and Prescott Valley; Verde Valley Medical Center; the Step One Community Center in Prescott Valley. Schools and organizations serving children, youth and their families also have copies of The Big & Little Kids Book. For more information on how to obtain books, contact Tracey McConnell, YCCF at 499-9795.
A total of 20,000 books are available thanks to the support from First Things First of Yavapai County; the Prescott Kiwanis Club; Yavapai Regional Medical Center; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona; the Yavapai County Community Foundation Children's Fund; and the Arizona Community Foundation.
Production support was provided by: Tracey McConnell and Carol Chamberlain, Yavapai County Community Foundation; Megan Brownell, Arizona Community Foundation; Cindy Pemberton and Lori Deutsch, First Things First Yavapai Regional Partnership Council; and Jane Bock, 12below Design Co. A very special thank you to The Big & Little Kids Book Advisory Committee members: Barbara Polk, Founder of The Big & Little Kids Book; Juanita Setzer, Bridgeway Health Solutions; and Susan Lacher, Verde Valley Medical Center's Verde Valley Parenting Partnership.
Both the Community Foundation and First Things First are grateful for the numerous volunteers that have helped with the distribution of the books, especially the police department canine units of Prescott and Prescott Valley.