Still other research has shown that reading to children from an early age helps them to grow into better readers themselves and to develop a reading habit. Children who read for pleasure tend to read more, which helps children become fluent and succeed in school.
Last year, donors brought a great variety of books.
"Some of them were newer books and some were older," Shumate said. "They went all the way from picture books all the way through high school. It was nice to have that variety because it's not just small children who need books."
The Gazette asks for donations of books suitable for children of all ages, from infancy through high school.
Used books are welcome, but books should be clean and in good shape, free of dirt and mold or excessive tears or markings.
Donations may be dropped off through Feb. 14 at:
Schools or organizations are invited to participate and may contact the Gazette for more information.
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