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Link to Libraries Makes Sure Children Have Books to Read this Summer


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Thanks to Link to Libraries, a lot of children in Western Massachusetts will have books to read this summer.

Monday was community pick-up day at Link’s warehouse in Hampden. Every six to eight weeks, schools and non-profits are invited to pick up boxes filled with 50 to 100 books. They’ll go directly to children for their home libraries.

Link to Libraries will start a new program on June 1st. RAP, or reading any place, will give books to 12 hundred homeless boys and girls in five Western Mass cities. Link’s President and co-founder Susan J. Kaplan says, “Starting in June, they’ll have summertime reading and then reading all through the school year. We think that having them become proficient readers by grade four is what’s really important to boys and girls.”

Since its inception in May 2008, Link to Libraries has donated over 50,000 new books to area non-profits and public elementary schools. If you’d like to help or learn more, go to their web site, www.linktolibraries.org or check them out on Facebook.