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Everyday Learners: Book drives help children here at home

By Allena Brandner - Special to the Daily Herald | Dec 3, 2022

Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo

Donated books sit in a sleigh as part of a kickoff event for the Read Early, Read Often campaign and book drive Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at the Orem City Council Chambers.

Everyday Learners is all about reading and books! We do what we can to help families in the community build their home libraries. For example, we give books to new moms that are visited by Welcome Baby volunteers, those who participate in Ready To Learn classes each month, and we make used books available through several lending libraries.

We are so grateful to the people who donate books or funds and make this possible! One way people help is by holding Book Drives in their communities, workplaces, etc. Barnes & Noble has held book drives for us in the past, providing hundreds of new books! They will be holding another one soon. Likewise, Intermountain Healthcare is currently running a book drive with their employees, also providing us with new books!

Women United has done great work collecting and distributing books throughout our community. Many of them own lending libraries outside their homes and keep them stocked. They also donate their own money to buy new books for students of some Title 1 schools throughout Utah County! They host fundraisers, book drives, and more in order to make this happen.

It is incredible what can be done when we come together as a community to give. We couldn’t do what we do without these incredible groups of people. Thank you!

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, holding a book drive for new or used books is a great way to help. If you are interested or want more information, please contact the EveryDay Learners director, Stephanie Anderson, at 801-691-5664 or stephaniea@unitedwayuc.org.

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