We want your childrens books in Denver! Once again, the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section is organizing a book drive to benefit local children in the host city. This year we are working with an excellent organization, called “Reach Out and Read Colorado”. Reach Out and Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at pediatric checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers, they help families and communities by encouraging early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success in reading.
There will be bins to place your donations into in the conference center. Additionally, you may make financial donations that will be passed on to this charitable organization. If you do have books to donate, they should be age-appropriate for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age. Please avoid books on subjects such as religion, death, divorce, or medical issues. Both new, and slightly used, books may be donated. Cash donations are appreciated and will be used to purchase new books for eligible children. For a donation of $40, a child can be provided with a 10 book “library”.
Your donations will be distributed in the Denver metropolitan area, particularly in low-income communities. Many of these children do not have books at home, meaning that these donations may make a difference that will last a lifetime. Please donate!