The Jackson County Storytelling Guild hopes to collect 3,500 gently used books to give out to local babies, kids and teens.

The Jackson County Storytelling Guild hopes to collect 3,500 gently used books to give out to local babies, kids and teens.

Guild members recently set out collection bins at the 15 library branches in the county. All Umpqua Bank locations in the county also are taking part.

In 2008, the Storytelling Guild collected 2,701 books for its "Pass the Book" program, said member Anne Billeter.

"We're shooting for 3,500 books because we didn't have enough last year," said Billeter, who along with a fellow guild member, spent two days in 2008 delivering books to Head Start sites, foster families, the Dunn House for abused women and their children, ACCESS food pantries and a host of other spots.

Since the book-collecting program comes after the holidays, it could be a relief to parents who are looking to reduce clutter and make room for their kids' new toys, games and books.

"We hope people will say, 'We can change a child's life by donating books our kids have grown out of,' " Billeter said. "After the holidays is often when parents evaluate what their kids have."

Books can be donated during the month of January.

Other places that will receive books from the "Pass A Book" program include the Children's Advocacy Center, Community Health Centers, Healthy Start, Kids Unlimited, the Jackson County Health and Human Services' Vital Links program, the county's juvenile detention and juvenile shelter facility, On Track, Magdalene House, Providence Birth Place, Rogue Valley Medical Center's Moms and Tots and Pediatrics, North Medford High School's Child Development program, Intercity Ministry-Cornerstone Church and waiting rooms.

For information about the Storytelling Guild, visit www.storytellingguild.org.