BookWorks literacy program needs donations of children's books

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Program needs donations of kids' books

A drive to collect children's books for Goodwill's BookWorks childhood literacy program starts Feb. 1 and runs through March 15. People in Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando and Marion counties are asked to donate new or like-new books for children ages 2 to 5. Throughout the year, volunteers for Goodwill's BookWorks program read to children at Head Start centers and then present each child with a personalized book to take home. Last year, the program gave more than 29,000 books to preschool children. In Pasco alone, 5,800 books went to disadvantaged kids. The book drive will supply the program during the next 12 months. To donate books, attach a note indicating they are "For BookWorks" and drop them off at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site. For store and donation site locations, call toll-free 1-888-279-1988, or visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org. To volunteer as a reader, call Goodwill Community Relations at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013.

NEW PORT RICHEY

All-County Band plays Saturday

The Pasco All-County Band Concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Select students will perform in the middle school band, directed by Jon Sever, director of bands at Bloomingdale High in Valrico and former director at River Ridge High. Dr. Matthew McCutchen, associate director of bands at the University of South Florida in Tampa, will serve as director of the high school band. Admission is free.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Meet city manager at library today

City Manager John Schneiger will meet with residents today in a "coffee gathering'' hosted by the city's library. He will take questions and update various city projects from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the library at 5939 Main St.

PORT RICHEY

Feb. 5 event all about model trains

If you like model trains, you'll want to be at the Knights of Columbus hall on Feb. 5. Vendors will be on hand with various scales of trains, tracks and accessories for sale, along with a model train layout. The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5850 K of C Drive. Admission is $4 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, call (727) 244-1341 or visit www. regalrailways.com.

Correction

The pallbearers at Cierra Mamonoff's funeral included two people who were not students at Mitchell High School, where Cierra had been a student. A story on Tuesday was incorrect on that point.

BookWorks literacy program needs donations of children's books 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:46pm]

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