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Have Old Childrens’ Books? Consider Donating Them Locally

Tuesday June 14th, 2016, 2:00pm


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Are you looking to weed out the books that your children are done reading? Then consider donating them to the 9th annual Link to Literacy Children’s Book Drive.

The annual drive collects donations of gently used children’s books from the community that are then donated to children in selected high needs Windsor/Essex County elementary schools.

Organizer Tamye Machina says that she began the book drive to address the accessibility of reading material for children in some  local elementary schools.

“Many of these children live in economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods, are new immigrants, have challenging family situations or do not live near a public library,” said Machin.

Since this initiative began in 2008, over 40,000 books have been donated.

Machina was recently recognized in May for her efforts to promote literacy by the Greater Essex County District School Board with their Champions for Education Award.

“I believe that owning a book is a tremendous motivator for children to want to keep reading and in turn achieve success in school and in life, ” Machina said.

You are asked to ensure that the books are in good condition, and that no textbooks or encyclopedias be donated. Books that are suitable for ages 4 to 14 are welcome.

If you have any books that you wish to donate, you can contact Tamye at 519-978-1517, or you can connect with her on her Facebook page or on Twitter @LinkToLiteracy.

Books will be collected until September 30th.


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