The United Way of Stephens County has issued a call to the community for new or gently used books for a donation drive lasting through the beginning of July.
Helen Stewart, Executive Director for the United Way of Stephens County, said the new or gently used books donated through the drive will go to support readers ages four through 12. The United Way’s summer book drive opened in the beginning of June and will last through July 8 when the books are put into summer fun bags and distributed to students in the Stephens County area via the schools’ summer meal program.
“You can go through your own bookshelves at home and donate books your children no longer read,” Stewart said. “You don’t need to buy new books, that’s the beauty of this book drive.”
As the pandemic raged on last year, the Readers & Leaders program canceled, but Stewart said they “still feel strongly about the program, as nothing is more important than the ability to read.”
“It can impact career choices as an adult,” Stewart said. “One of the issues we have found is that many children don’t have a book of their own at home. We are asking for donations of beginning readers, advanced chapter books, graphic novels and culturally diverse books.”
Those wishing to donate books can take them to the United Way of Stephens County office, located at 12 S. 8th Street, Duncan. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Helen Stewart or Jana at the United Way office at 580-255-3648.