Give the gift of literacy this Christmas

17 years ago
    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – If you’re looking for something charitable to do this holiday season, why not team up with a local bookstore and give the gift of literacy.
    “B.Dalton, at the Aroostook Centre Mall, is running a holiday book drive. People can come into the store, purchase a book that will then be donated to one of two local non-profit agencies,” said Marth DeLong, store manager.
According to DeLong, the two agencies are Child Care Development, part of the Opportunity Training Center, and ACAP Children’s Services. Books will be collected at the store through the end of the year.
This is the first year B.Dalton has been involved in this project.
“Barnes and Noble has done this (collected children’s books) for many years. This is the first time B.Dalton has done this, as part of the Barnes and Noble project,” said DeLong.
Customers can come in and select any book or books suitable for infants to children up to 12 years of age. Books will then be distributed based on the age of youth at each facility.
“We’re focusing on the young reader level,” said DeLong.
Distribution will then be arranged with each organization.
“It’s my understanding, once the book drive is complete, B.Dalton will call to arrange delivery,” said Sue Powers, director of ACAP Children’s Services.
Powers said this is the first time ACAP has worked with a book store on such a project. She’s enthusiastic about getting books in young hands.
“Since we have children from infants to late elementary age, we can use a wide variety of books. Any books for that age group – 0-12 – would be very welcome,” said Powers.
Powers said how the books will be used will depend on the number collected.
“If enough are donated, some may be used as Christmas gifts for children in need. It largely depends on the number of books donated what we’ll be able to do,” said Powers.
ACAP works with local families each holiday season, helping make dreams come true for children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford gifts like books.
“When we do work with families, we try to help them get gifts – gifts that include items like books. Books can be used over and over – enjoyed for years,” said Powers.
Powers acknowledge the importance of books as gifts.
“Books help build literacy skills. It’s a meaningful gift that helps children learn about the world – real or imagined. Books are a wonderful gift to share with anyone, but especially with children,” said Powers.
Anyone interested in making a donation can visit B.Dalton during business hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, with additional hours scheduled for the holiday season. For more information, contact DeLong at 764-4656.