TPL book drive helps Christmas Program

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 18, 2001

Staff Writer

Mark Twain once said those who do not read have no advantage over those who can’t read them.

That is a philosophy adopted by the Troy Public Library Teen Board, which is doing its part to put books in every child’s hands.

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The Teen Board has begun a "Floor to Ceiling Book Drive" to collect new books, which will be donated to the Pike County Christmas Program so those a bit less fortunate will have something special for Christmas.

Books donated can be anything from a first reader to the eighth-grade level.

"We’re asking for new books," said Teresa Colvin, who oversees the children and young adult programs at the Troy Public Library. "Every child deserves a new book."

Colvin also realizes those books will be enjoyed over and over again by the children who get them for Christmas.

"If you can get the bond of books as a child, that’s half the battle," Colvin said of creating a lifelong love of reading.

And, not having books in the home means a child is less likely to develop an appetite for reading.

"We’re excited about this project," Colvin said of the book drive.

In addition to books, the Teen Board is collecting money to purchase books for the program that helps underprivileged families have a happier holiday. There is a collection jar at the library and Friends of the Library have pledged to match the money raised, up to $350.

Those who would like to donate books can drop them off at the library, at the Troy Elementary School Library or given to a Teen Board member.

Monetary donations can be taken to the public library or given to any Teen Board member.

Teen Board members are: Heather Powell, president; Casey East, vice president; Carrie Gibson, secretary; Scott Kirby, treasurer; Karen Butler; Damoreo Green; Marjorie Lane; Jordan Miller; William Moultry; Thomas Price; Brian Reynolds and Angelina Teel.