CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Public Library has joined The Charleston Gazette's Happy Valentine's Children's Book Drive.
The library's 11 branches will serve as drop-off points for the book drive that goes through Feb. 14.
Hundreds of books have arrived at Charleston Newspapers' lobby since the book drive started on Jan. 16.
The Gazette invited readers to donate children's books that are clean and in good shape. The books will be distributed to children around the state who need them.
Children's Home Society and Read Aloud West Virginia, partners in the effort, volunteered to help distribute the books.
The Putnam County Library's main branch in Teays Valley also has volunteered to be a drop-off point for readers in that area.
Having books at home is a big predictor in school success and how far students go in school. Children who develop a habit of reading for fun tend to read more and improve with practice. They also tend to get better grades and test scores than children who do not read for fun.
In response to this appeal for help, Gazette readers have sorted through their own bookshelves and closets, found boxes of unused books in their garages and attics and lugged bags and boxes to the various collection points.
Donations are welcome during business hours in the Charleston Newspapers lobby, 1001 Virginia St. E.; at any of the Kanawha County Public Library's branches; at the Putnam County Library's main branch; and at any of Children's Home Society's locations throughout the state.