It’s been a month since The Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock began collecting new books for the Children’s Literacy Foundation to give away. With only a week to go in the book drive, they’re up to about 75 of them — an inspiring start, but still shy of their goal of 125 books.
“People have been great,” says co-owner Kristian Preylowski. “We’ve been getting everything from board books for infants to picture books to some wonderful storybook collections, to classics like Roald Dahl, Jack London, and Charlotte’s Web and Jack London.”
The whole idea is to get books into the hands of kids who might otherwise never own one. The Children’s Literacy Foundation works to bring books, reading, and literacy programs to low-income and at-risk kids in Vermont and New Hampshire. Book drive books are sold at a 20 percent discount, and every book that someone buys and then gives to The Yankee Bookshop will get shipped off to CLiF, and then distributed by them.
The book drive ends on December 24. Which isn’t very much time, people!
Don’t have time to do the shopping yourself? “Some people,” says co-owner Kari Meutsch, “have just left us money to help us fill the void at the end with books that weren’t already bought.” Not sure what you should choose? “We’ll be happy to help,” she says.
That sounds like an invitation to stop in, doesn't it?