Cops N Kids

“Cops ‘n’ Kids” was the inspiration of Julia Burney, a Racine, Wisconsin, police officer.  The project started humbly with local officers handing out books to area children while on their routine patrol.  The program has grown with a strong community support and much national attention.

The purpose of the Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Program is simple – to support

children and encourage their success in reading.  Children are Julia Burney’s main focus.  The Racine Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Center provides free books to children, particularly to families who more than likely would be unable to afford such reading material in the home.

Our local efforts will be patterned after the successful model of Julia Burney’s Cops ‘n’ Kids.

In order for the Cops ‘n’ Kids program to work in Cedar Rapids, we need a great deal of help from the entire community.  Here are some ways that you can help.

Help Quota members obtain new and “gently used” books.

  • Donate books
  • Donate money
  • Place a “book box” at your local school
  • Place a “book box” at your house of worship
  • Add book donations to your holiday lists
  • Call with other ideas!


Quota Contacts for donations:

Marcia Whiteford  (319) 743-0141

Barbara Maxwell   (319) 393-8560

Ramona Baldyga   (319) 350-7957


Thanks to our sponsors:

Alliant Energy
Books Are Fun
Duane Arnold Energy Center Employees
Friends of the Library
Girl Scout Troup 2485
Half Price Books
Juvenile Diabetes Research Center (Mary Henry)
Linn County Republican Women (Project Read)
Mississippi Valley Girl Scouts
Project READ (Alberta Stanek)
Rockwell Collins Employees
The Reader’s Digest Association (Carolyn Malile)
Crumes, Henrietta and Jim
Ellis, Tammy
Hartig, Marilyn
Koppenhaver, Ann
McMahan, Gloria
Oxley, Jean
Smith Family – Tim, Lisa, Austin, Evan Mareda
Thompson, Ron
Tollefson, Carla
Wethell, Sharron
Whiteford, Marcia