Book Program Helps Thousands of Children Read

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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP -- A book program in Monroe County is giving thousands of young students the opportunity to read. It's all part of a campaign called "Read Across Monroe."

For Kay Lopez, a book is a precious object. The retired librarian wanted to share her passion for books with the younger generation. That's why she launched "Read Across Monroe." It allows underprivileged children the opportunity to read.

"Early literacy is extremely important. Children have to be hearing stories, songs, and getting used to books," said Lopez.

Drop-off boxes are at various schools and businesses throughout Monroe County. The group has collected nearly 2,500 books since the launch back in September. The books are kept at the Mountain Center in Tobyhanna.

"You can tell by the pictures and covers on them, and so on, that they have already been in hands that appreciated them so to share them with the next generation is just amazing," said Gayle Miller, volunteer.

Once the drop-off boxes are picked up, they are brought in and the books are put on the shelf. Some books are distributed to other schools but students that are here for Head Start can pick up a book and take it home.

"The look on their faces when they get to pick a book and just take it with them is pretty amazing," said Miller.

The book drive will continue through December 14.

Any new or gently used children's books from birth to 12 years of age are accepted.

If you'd like to donate a book,  click here for locations.