Statewide book drive kicks off Saturday

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-02 22:16:26-04

As a kid, many of us have that favorite, bedtime book ingrained in our memories but not all parents have the means to buy their kids books.

That is why the United Way of Treasure Valley is hosting a statewide children's and teenager's book drive.

The week-long drive (April 4-8) kicks off Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boise Barnes and Noble. It runs until 2 p.m. with free activities for the family and a portion of the days sales at the book store going toward the effort.

"If this doesn't fit into your time frame, there's one more thing we'd ask: Read to your kids, read to the neighbor kids, grab a book, set a precedent and make reading a priority," says Nora Carpenter, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Treasure Valley.

The unofficial goal for the second annual book drive is to gather 100,000 used or new books. Last summer, more than 70,000 books were donated.

Once collected, they'll be cleaned by volunteers and immediately handed out to kids in need before they're let out for the summer break. For more information on volunteering,

You can also find a list of participating drop-off locations online. All Albertsons store locations in the Treasure Valley have collection boxes, as well as all U.S. Bank sites in all of the Gem state.