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What is the 2015 Children’s Book Drive?

The fourth annual Children’s Book Drive is a collaborative effort between United Way of Rhode Island and Books Are Wings to engage local businesses, community organizations, individuals, and families like you to help foster a love of reading while encouraging children to build their own libraries at home.

The collected books will be distributed to youth across the state at summer learning programs as well as afterschool programs in the fall.

When is it?

Book collections are May 1 – June 12.

What types of books are you collecting?

All new and gently used books for youth of all ages (birth-teen), fiction and nonfiction, in all subject areas are welcome. Books about science, technology, engineering and math, for grades 5 through 9, will support summer learning programs with a STEM focus.

How can I help?

You can donate books of your own,host a collection drive, volunteer at our Day of Action or with Books Are Wings, or help us spread the word!

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If you don't have any children's books, but would still like to donate, check out our Amazon Book List. It includes recommended books for all age groups, as well as Spanish language selections.

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What do I do with the books after they've been collected?

Books may be dropped off on Fridays, May 1 through June 12, between 8:30 am and 4 pm at United Way of Rhode Island. Please send an email to bookdrive@uwri.org to arrange a drop-off. The last day to drop off books is Friday, June 12.

For companies, organizations and individuals that cannot drop off book donations, a pick-up event is planned for Monday, June 15. Volunteers will pick up books at host locations. To arrange a pick-up, please send an email to bookdrive@uwri.org.

What if I still have questions?

We knew you would! Check out our FAQ. And if you have more questions, contact bookdrive@uwri.org.

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