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Group joins illiteracy battle

The Junior League, in conjunction with the Pinellas Reading Council, will provide new books for needy children in St. Petersburg this Christmas. By providing books to children unable to purchase their own, the Junior League's goal is to help break the cycle of illiteracy. An estimated 80,000 functionally illiterate people live in Pinellas County. People who wish to become involved may buy books from Thursday through Dec. 24 and deposit them in donation boxes at Haslam's, Bayboro Books and St. Petersburg Area School Affairs. The Pinellas Reading Council will supply a list of recommended books at these areas. Other bookstores interested in collecting books may contact Ashley Gairing at 898-7005. The Christmas Toy Shop, a volunteer organization that distributed toys to 7,500 area children last Christmas, will be distributing the donated books. The Junior League's goal is to give each child a new book in addition to their toys this year.

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