Now in its 11th year, the annual book drive by the Worcester: the City that Reads Committee to collect books (Pre-K to grade 8) for summer reading is underway with the theme of “ Spring into Books” and will continue until May 15. In 10 years, Worcester: the City that Reads has given out over 320,000 books to the children in this community.

According to the research on literacy, studies clearly indicate that children in homes that have books are more likely to succeed in school, while children who don’t have adequate reading skills are much more likely to drop out of school. One study found that the ability to read well is the single best indicator of future economic success – regardless of family background.

Traditionally, books are distributed to low-income students, social agencies, and groups with summer school programs. In addition, books have also been given to schools and groups during the year for special projects such as a start-up library at a school, AVID programs, innovation school projects, special education programs, two-way bilingual schools, and all HEAD START schools.
This year more drop-off sites have been added as well as more groups have come forward and are conducting their own book drives for the cause.

Please donate new or gently used books, Pre-kindergarten to grade 8, at the following sites from now to May 15th.

• People’s United People’s Bank (all five city branches in Worcester)
• Worcester Public Library
• Commerce Bank (all four city branches) including Holden
• Bay State Savings Bank (all branches)
• Bank of America (at Tatnuck Square)
• TD Bank on West Boylston Street
• Stop and Shops on Lincoln Street, Grafton Street and West Boylston Street
• Shaws Market on West Boylston Street
• RSVP and the Senior Center on Vernon Street
• Worcester Credit Union on West Boylston Street
• Starbucks Coffee on West Boylston Street
• Panera’s on West Boylston Street
• Austin Liquor at Gold Star Blvd
• Jewish Community Center on Salisbury Street
• Leader’s Way – Kung Fu Academy on Burncoat Street
• Greendale YMCA
• Main Street YMCA
• Bagel Inn on Main Street in Holden
• St. Vincent’s Hospital at the entrance door on Summer Street
• Summit ElderCare on Grafton Street
• Worcester Public Schools School Committee Office – 20 Irving Street
• Worcester City Hall at the City Manager’s Office
• Anne’s Books Shop on James Street in Worcester
• Congressman James McGovern’s office - 12 East Worcester Street
• EcoTarium in Worcester
• UMass Memorial Hospital – Belmont Street
• UMass Medical – Plantation Street

After May 15th the books will be distributed to the schools during “Reading In Our City Week” initiated by “Worcester: the City that Reads” during the week of June 12.