Program is Part of the City of Albuquerque’s “Read to Me” Book Drive
Give children a book and you open up their world. But if they don’t have the means to get or borrow books or aren’t encouraged to read, they may never enjoy reading or even get proficient at it.
That’s why, for the past eight years, ABQ RIDE has been placing books on its buses; for children and even adults to read and take home. The program, called Discover a Book, is an annual part of the Albuquerque Business Education Compact (ABEC) and the City of Albuquerque’s Read to Me Book Drive. And starting Feb. 15, 2014, these groups are once again looking for donations of books, especially children’s books.
“We put some of these books on ABQ RIDE buses, hoping a child might read one or more and eventually take them home,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “It makes taking public transit a more meaningful experience, especially for children.”
This year’s Read to Me Book Drive runs from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, March 31, 2014. Individuals, groups and businesses are invited to participate in collecting books, especially children’s books for the programs. Read to Me Book Drive collection sites are at the following metro Albuquerque locations: Barnes and Noble, John Brooks Supermarts, Applebee’s, La Montanita Coops, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System and Village Inns. Nearly 50 local employers will also conduct Read to Me book drives among their employees and patrons.
The goal is to collect 45-thousand new or gently-used books (from toddler through middle school level ) 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.
For groups interested in collecting books from among your employees and/or clients, please contact Paula Delap-Padilla at 848-1334 for more information.