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Albuquerque Business Education Compact in Conjunction with City of Albuquerque Host Kickoff for Distribution of Books from Read to Me Book Drive

Donated Books to Help Families with Limited Resources

May 8, 2014

Albuquerque, NM-- The Read to Me Book Drive has collected and will distribute over 50,000 books.

On Monday May 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., the Albuquerque Business Education Compact (ABEC) in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque will kick off its distribution of books from the eleventh annual Read to Me Book Drive.  The event will be held at Dolores Gonzales Elementary School, 900 Atlantic Ave. SW.  The distribution event will feature a science literacy activity demonstrating chromatography.  Representatives from various ABEC community partners will also be on hand to distribute books to the students.

This spring, Albuquerque elementary school students will benefit from a citywide initiative to collect and distribute children’s books.  From February through March 2014, the Read to Me Book Drive collected some 50,000 books. Elementary school children from families with limited resources will receive books as well as information about the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Mayor Richard J. Berry commended the program.  “This program is an excellent way to put books in the hands of more kids in our community, and encourage them to practice critical reading skills while experiencing the joy of reading.”

“We all know how vital reading skills are to the success of our young people,” said Douglas H. Chaplin, Director of Family and Community Services, City of Albuquerque.  “The Read to Me Book Drive, not only improves children’s access to books, but also helps instill that all-important love of learning.”

The City of Albuquerque; Albuquerque Friends for the Public Library; ABQ RIDE; the Albuquerque/Bernalillo Library System; the University of New Mexico Lobos; New Mexico Rail Runner and Wells Fargo along with over 60 local employers and community groups participated in sponsoring and collecting new and gently used children’s books.

For information, contact Paula Delap-Padilla at 848-1334.


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