FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 13, 2020
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Madison Reading Project’s Community Book Drive
Begins Collecting Books for Kids
DANE COUNTY – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic leaving far too many children confined at home without books, Madison Reading Project is launching a Community Book Drive.
Beginning Nov. 13, Madison Reading Project staff and volunteers are placing collection bins in locations across Dane County and asking people to consider donating new or like new books, which they’ll distribute to children in need. Book donation bins are located at convenient sites stretching from Cross Plains to Mt. Horeb to Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Oregon and Verona.
“Educators we work with are greatly concerned that many of their most vulnerable students are learning virtually with no books at home,” says Deirdre Steinmetz, Madison Reading Project’s Outreach Coordinator. “To expand our reach, we are partnering with the Empty Stocking Club and many other community programs that will supply books to children before winter break,” Steinmetz adds. “Our goal is 10,000 books and knowing of our generous communities, we’re confident of reaching that level!”
You can help reach the goal by donating like-new books from home, purchasing books from our wishlist or providing financial support. If your business, friend group or neighborhood want to support us we can help you organize a book drive.
“We also want to shine a light on our amazing community and encourage people to not only help us collect books but also support local businesses this winter,” Steinmetz adds. “We’re partnering with local bookseller Books4School. Search “wishlist” at www.books4school.com for contactless donations and book suggestions.”
For Book Donation Station locations, links to make a financial contribution, and complete information about the Community Book Drive visit www.madisonreadingproject.com
The drive ends Dec. 15 to ensure books are delivered in a timely manner.
Madison Reading Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver, at no charge, high quality, culturally and linguistically diverse books and literacy enrichment programs to underserved, low-income children, birth thru age 18, throughout Southern Wisconsin.
Mary Devitt of Crossroads Coffee, Cross Plains, offers a donation to Madison Reading Project's Community Book Drive.