170,000 pounds in 21 years; Readiatrics book drive kicks off another year

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) — This week is Reading Week Across America, celebrating Dr. Suess’s birthday and his contributions to the literary world, as well as inspiring readers young and old to take a delivered.

But four out of 10 children say they have trouble finding books they like. And according to a school surveyhaving access to books, whether inside or outside the home, is not a reality for all children.

This is where the Readiatrics book collection comes in.

“The Readiatrics Book Drive collects new and gently used children’s books for young people in family, health or family crisis in western South Dakota,” said Darla Drew, Founder of Readiatrics. “The Readiatrics book drive has donated over 170,000 books to children in need since 2001. This year the drive is running from March 7 to May 10. Books collected by Readiatrics will be donated to families of children receiving services at the SD Department of Health with five locations in western South Dakota. The Reader also provides books for Rapid City’s nonprofit sister programs. The reader provides books for children to take without any expectation of returning the books. Children’s books are there to develop literacy at home.

This year’s drop points for new and gently used children’s books are; the Rapid City Public Library, Dahl Arts Center, Books-A-Million, Rapid City #1 Fire Station, 10 Main Street, and all Black Hills Federal Credit Union locations.

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