The United Way of Northwest Michigan is hoping to put books in the hands of children during the summer months.
United Way of Northwest Michigan Volunteer Center is putting out a call for gently used or new children's books during its annual book drive.
The collection begins Monday and continues through Friday.
The books will be used during the Volunteer Center's second annual Days of Action, literacy celebration events scheduled in four surrounding counties in June. All collected books will be supplied to children who attend the free-of-charge events in order to help encourage continued reading engagement by families throughout the summer months.
"Our Day of Action events provide families with free literacy activities to engage their children with over the summer." Said Amanda Hilt, Youth and Family Volunteer Coordinator at United Way of Northwest Michigan. "In addition to providing literacy activities, gently used books are available for children and parents to take home and keep. Reading is incredibly important to continue over the summer. Many families may not have easy access to libraries and having books to keep at home, free of restrictions is wonderful."
To donate, drop off your gently used or new books to the local TCAPS elementary school nearest you, or to the United Way of Northwest Michigan offices at 521 S. Union, Traverse City.