Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

BookWorks literacy program needs donations of children's books


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 To volunteer as a reader, call Goodwill Community Relations at 1-888-279-1988, ext. 1013.


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.


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.


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.


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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  2. Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker.

    Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
  3. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  4. Hernando sheriff: Orlando mother turns in 18-year-old son in pawn shop burglary


    Times Staff Writer

    SPRING HILL — Hernando deputies have arrested a fourth person in connection with a pawn shop burglary, but they really didn't have to do anything to find him.

    Elijah Pickard, 18, of Orlando, was turned in by his own mother in connection with a pawn shop burglary, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office [Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]