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Early Childhood Book Shower Needs 300 Books - Brevard, NC

 

Last updated 7/17/2017 at 5:59pm

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Michael Skinner and NyLeiyah share reading time on the front porch of Western Carolina Community Action.

United Way of Transyl-vania County (UWTC) and community partners will give a free bag of books to up to 300 children ages 0-5 during the Early Childhood Book Shower on Saturday, July 29, at the Transylvania County Library. Volunteers will process and package the books and tips on reading with children from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. during Family Splash Day at the library.

"Early reading is crucial to early childhood education and development. The community can join in and help make the Early Childhood New Book Shower and Family Splash Day a big success. These events bring families together to share in fun and learning," said Erin Drew, executive director of The Family Place of Transylvania County, a United Way funded partner.

"We've had a great response from some very generous people. At last count, we need about 300 more new books to meet our goal of giving away 900 books, and I think our community can meet that goal in the next two weeks," said Hammond George, publicity director for UWTC.

How To Help

Individuals or groups wishing to give new books for children ages 0-5 may take new books to donation boxes located at Highland Books, Dollar Tree, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, or United Way of Transylvania County's office located below PNC Bank.

To donate money to buy books in bulk, individuals may give on-line through a special Razoo.com account called "United Way Early Childhood New Book Shower" or by going to http://www.UnitedWayTransylvania.org. Checks should be made out to United Way of Transylvania County with "Early Childhood Education" in the subject line, and mailed to P.O. Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712. Donors may also call the UWTC office to give via credit card.

To volunteer to process and distribute books, go to http://www.VolunteerTransylvania.org, or call United Way of Transylvania County at (828) 883-8822.

Any overflow funds will be allocated to other United Way of Transyl-vania County local Early Childhood Education actions. Any overflow books will be distributed by the Transylvania County Library. In the event of rain, the Early Childhood New Book Shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

About the Book Shower

Early Childhood New Book Shower collaborative partners include Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, Transylvania Cou-nty Recreation Department, and United Way of Transylvania County.

Dollar Tree of Brevard has a box of books suggested for children ages 0-5 in the register area. Shoppers can purchase books and place them directly into the donation bin there through July 26.

Highland Books, located in College Plaza, offers 10 percent off any regular-priced book purchased for the shop's Early Childhood Book Shower donation box through July 26. Highland Books bookmarks will be included in each bag of free books.

PNC Bank donated PNC "Grow Up Great" tote bags and Sesame Street themed Early Childhood Education booklets and CDs for each book shower recipient.

About Family Splash Day

Family Splash Day is a free event presented by the Transylvania County Lib-rary, Transylvania County Parks and Recreation, and The Family Place on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families are invited to bring a lawn chair, towels, sun screen and a picnic to the library lawn for a one day, home-made water park. Activities are structured for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.

Activities planned include water slides presented with the assistance of the Brevard Fire Department, sprinklers, water tables, baby pools, a bubble station, and snacks. Music will be provided by DJ Dogg. In the event of rain, Family Splash Day will be cancelled.

Children from birth to age 5 will receive a free bag of new books, presented by United Way of Transylvania County donors and volunteers, in collaboration with Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, and Transylvania County Recreation Depart-ment. In the event of rain, the book shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call (828) 883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send to P.O. Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit http://www.unitedwaytransylvania.org.

 
 

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