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Read to Me Book Drive Kicks-Off

Donated books help families with limited resources.

Albuquerque, NM – The 14th annual "Read to Me" Book Drive has kicked off its city-wide effort to collect 60,000 new and gently used children's books.

"The Read to Me Book Drive is a great way for the community to support the literacy development of our young people" said Douglas H. Chaplin, Director of the Department of Family and Community Services, City of Albuquerque.

The citywide book drive begins Feb. 15 and runs through March 31, 2016. The goal of the book drive is to collect 60,000 books and distribute them to children from low-income families.

The Read to Me Book Drive, through the collection and donation of books to children, builds a foundation for developing literacy skills. Elementary school children from families with limited resources will receive books and bookmarks to take home, as well as Library program information and a coupon for Cliff's Amusement Park.

Book Collection Sites

Read to Me Book Drive collection sites will be located throughout the greater Albuquerque area at the following locations:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • John Brooks Supermart
  • Applebee's
  • La Montanita Natural Foods Coop
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library System
  • Holiday Park and Taylor Ranch Community Centers
  • Bookworks

Nearly 50 local employers also will conduct Read to Me book drives among their employees and patrons.

Partnerships

This year's kick-off will highlight some of the partnerships that have formed to encourage literacy development in our youngest children. Children from Barelas Child Development Center will be transported to the Main Library by ABQ RIDE. We invite members of the media to hear not only about the Read to Me book drive but briefly about the work of each of the partners around literacy.

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors: City of Albuquerque, ABQ Ride, Friends for the Public Library, UNM Lobos, and New Mexico Rail Runner.

Silver Sponsor: Wells Fargo