The 8th annual Community Book Drive is underway! We want your new and gently used children’s books (specifically geared to children ages 0-11).
You can collect books at your house of worship, organization or business. Or drop off books at one of more than 65 collection sites all over Washington County. Learn more
Top 10 reasons to help with the book drive:
- Collecting books is FUN and easy!
- Only 43% of children in Washington County entered school “fully ready to
learn” last fall according to the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
(KRA). We’ve made improvement, but still have a long way to go!
- Owning books is a critical feature of every child’s intellectual development.
Providing books to children is a simple, effective, and inexpensive way to
promote language and literacy growth.
- Research shows that reading aloud to kids is THE single most important
act that you can do to help a child prepare for learning and reading.
- The number of words that a child knows upon entering Kindergarten is a
key predictor of his/her future success.
- A child not reading on grade level by third grade is at high risk of not
graduating and creating a productive life in the future.
- Lack of basic literacy skills is linked with academic failure, substance
abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, unemployment, low productivity, and
- Your books will go into the hands of vulnerable children in Washington
- Books from last year’s book drive were distributed to vulnerable children all
over Washington County. Yet with 14,000 books we did not have enough.