United Way collects books, raises money for community

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The United Way kicked off its book drive at Barnes and Noble in Twin Falls Saturday.

The fundraiser at the bookstore will continue until April 21. If you would like to participate, let the cashier know and 20 percent of your purchase will go toward the book drive.

From last year's book drive the organization purchased more than 3,800 books for organizations, including head starts, libraries and reduced lunch programs.

"We're also trying to prevent what's called the summer slide. During the summer kids are playing, they're having fun, and reading is not at the top of everyone's priorities. And so we really want to encourage reading," said Sonya Haines of the United Way.

Businesses across the Magic Valley also have boxes where you can drop off used books for all ages through the month of April.

Books donated for adults will be given to the senior center and food pantry.

More information can be found on www.unitedwayscid.org.

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