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Host a Book Drive for WTVP

Monday, October 13th, 2008


A mind cannot learn from television alone! For the past 12 years, WTVP has been providing free books to Central Illinois kids who canít afford them on their own. Through First Book, part of the PBS Ready To Learn program, WTVP has put nearly 70,000 books into the hands of local children.

But now the whole project is in jeopardy. National funding for Ready To Learn/First Book has ended and WTVP is left with no resources to purchase more books. Childrenís need for books, however, has not abated. But you can help us keep it going!

Consider sponsoring a book drive for WTVP. A book drive is great service project for a school club or service organization, and a great literacy awareness lesson for your classroom.


What is needed:

New or gently used books appropriate for 2-8-year-olds.


How to do it:

  • Notify WTVP by contacting Outreach Manager Janet McGrath (janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org), (309) 495-0593.

  • Decide on dates for your book drive.

  • Choose collection locations for the books.

  • Circulate and post flyers announcing your book drive. Download and customize these samples or create your own:

  • Spread the word about your book drive through school announcements or newspapers, service club newsletters, e-mail, church bulletins, etc.

  • Collect the books.

  • Arrange delivery or pick-up of the books with WTVP at the end of your Drive.


Whatís in it for you?

WTVP will recognize all Book Drive hosts on-air on WTVP 47 and online at www.wtvp.org. Additionally, a bookplate recognizing the Book Drive host group will be placed in each donated book.



Where will the books go?

Books distributed by WTVP go straight into the hands of local children. We work with kids from various preschools, primary schools, literacy centers and social service programs throughout the entire Central Illinois area.

Thank you so much for your help. Having books of their very own encourages kids to build on the lessons they learn on PBS Kids and become enthusiastic readers, life-long learners and productive citizens.



For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org



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