Read Evansville providing books for students for the summer


EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) A group of community volunteers, educators, businesses, and youth serving agencies have come together to establish a project called Read Evansville. The goals of Read Evansville are to provide books for EVSC students to read over the summer and to encourage them to read every day.

Read Evansville is joining with Feed Evansville to distribute the books to families throughout the city. Volunteers will include books in the food baskets, lunch sacks and grocery boxes they hand out now and through the summer. Each of the books will have a signed message of encouragement. And, a very simple reading tip for parents will be tucked inside every book.

Read Evansville hopes to distribute one thousand books a week over the summer to students in all age groups and reading levels. 

Reading programming such as virtual book clubs, activities, and read-a-longs will be provided by partners in the collaboration, including the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, the YMCA, the Dream Center, the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe) and the YWCA.

Other partners in the collaboration include: EVSC, the EVSC Foundation, Junior League of Evansville, the Carver Community Organization, Young and Established, the Boys and Girls Club, & Barnes and Noble.

Read Evansville is currently fundraising to cover the cost of the books. Starting on Saturday, the group will hold an on-line Barnes and Noble book fair. Proceeds from the sale of books will go to the Read Evansville project.

If you’re interested in supporting the effort, you can purchase books through the bookfair, or you can make a contribution online through the EVSC Foundation.

In the memo/other information line, please note ‘Read Evansville’.

You can also Mail gifts to 951 Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47713 and place ‘Read Evansville’ in the memo line.

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(This story was originally published on May 1, 2020)

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