The Budding Readers has been serving the Midlakes community since 2011. More than 278 “bundles of books” have been delivered to Midlakes families! Look for information in your school newsletter, on posters around town, and at both the Clifton Springs Library and the Phelps Community Memorial Library.

Babies up to 36 months of age in the Phelps-Clifton-Springs School District can receive a free “bundle of books” along with our Parent Guide, which contains tips for reading to babies and young children. Age-appropriate books for siblings through age 7 are also provided.

Families who have received a bundle of books for their babies are also mailed a coupon three times each year (through age 5). Coupons are mailed to families for March, Summer and December events. They can bring the coupon to the Phelps or Clifton Springs Library and select a new free book.

Budding Readers annually provides a new book for each entering UPK, Kindergarten, and Head Start student in the Midlakes district.

The Midlakes program was originally created and coordinated by Linda Bolan and Anne Wyjad, who continue to contribute to the Midlakes program and the overall Budding Readers program. In 2017, the leadership for the Midlakes program shifted to Janice Driscoll, retired principal of the Midlakes Intermediate School.

Want more information about the Midlakes program?
Know a Midlakes baby or expectant mom?
Contact Janice to receive a free “bundle of books”, or place your request here.
Email: or call (315) 521-1511.

Local Libraries 

There are two!

Both libraries have the same hours!

The Phelps Library

8 Banta Street – Phelps

Clifton Springs Library

4 Railroad Avenue – Clifton Springs

Mon – Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 2pm

The books are waiting for you!

Holiday Gifting

Budding Readers regularly gifts new children’s books that are included in the Christmas Angel packages sponsored by the Clifton Springs Salvation Army, Phelps & Clifton Springs Food Cupboards, and the Phelps Lions Club.