In the 608: Donate to the Madison Reading Project today

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Reading Project has launched its third annual Community Book Drive to fill the homes of children with new books this holiday season.

With a goal of providing 15,000 new books in December, more than 12,000 children will receive the books via Empty Stocking Club, community partners, schools, and social workers.

Madison Reading Project staff and volunteers have placed collection bins at locations across Dane County to make it easy for folks to donate new books, which they’ll distribute to children in need. An online fundraiser is set to take monetary donations to help with the costs of purchasing the new books. The book donation bins are located at convenient business sites stretching from Cross Plains to Mt. Horeb to Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, and Verona.

“With the communities’ help we’ll work to get brand new books into the hands of young readers who may have few, if any, books in their homes,” says Rowan Childs, Madison Reading Project’s executive director and founder. “To expand our reach, we are partnering with the Empty Stocking Club, Boys and Girls Club, and Reach Dane, along with other community programs that will help us supply books to children before winter break.”

Their goal is to raise $80,000 to be able to purchase 15,000 new books. The drive ends Dec. 10th to ensure books get to kids in a timely manner before schools close.

For book donation locations, the link to make a financial contribution, and complete information about the Community Book Drive, visit their website.