LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of local pre-school and elementary school students received free new and gently used books Tuesday. The giveaway was part of a donation drive held by bookseller Half Price Books and the National Center for Family Literacy.
The books were distributed to kids at the Louisville Central Community Center on Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown Louisville. The National Center for Family Literacy hopes to promote literacy and learning through giving away the books to needy children.
Emily Kirkpatrick, Vice President of the National Center for Family Literacy, says the children are dedicated to improving their education, and "they're really inspired to read, and we've heard today that they can't wait to get their hands on the books."
Tory Herron, District Manager for Half Price Books, says this is the eleventh year her company has been a part of this program. "We really just want to be able to give back to the community, that's always been a part of our mission statement, to provide books to people who need them."
Nearly 3,000 books were donated by the community. The majority of the new and gently used books were children's books.
Nationally, over 100,000 books were collected for the program.