Many people in Conway know about the project, "A Bookcase for Every Child" launched by Conway’s Jim Davidson, who is featured as a weekly columnist in the Log Cabin Democrat. Now the nation is finding out about the initiative to help underprivileged children with a bookcase and a set of books to encourage reading.

The national publication and web site "Parade," which is also featured weekly in the newspaper, has taken Davidson’s mission and turned into a national story. It can currently be seen on Parade’s site,

A Bookcase for Every Child, founded in 2005, is the group that oversees bookcase projects now found in seven other communities. The mission of the group is to provide books to children and increase literacy among children in low-income families.

In April, Davidson celebrated the group’s ninth annual ceremony of giving, noting that, "we have given 450 personalized bookcases and a starter set of books to preschool children who are at greatest risk in all of our society."

Davidson encourages individuals interested in starting a project in their community to visit