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Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition launching 'Books in the Parks'

Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition launching 'Books in the Parks'

The Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition announced the launch of their Books in the Parks program. The coalition will join together with the Staples and Motley parks committees to offer this exciting new opportunity to encourage reading in the park while enjoying nature and the beauty of our area parks.

Beginning in the spring of 2010, bright yellow containers will be placed in parks throughout the Staples Motley School District area. Initially two parks, one in Motley and one in Staples, have been selected to launch this effort with plans to purchase six additional containers before the end of summer 2010.

Inside the containers will be free books for everyone's reading pleasure. Readers are only asked to not sell or throw the books away. If a reader likes the book they can keep it or pass it on. Or they can simply put the book back in the container for someone else to enjoy. By placing these containers in area parks, the coalition is hoping to encourage everyone to read more to children. To stock the containers, the coalition will launch a book drive asking the community for new or gently used books. Plans have just begun for this book drive and more details will follow after the first of the year.

If you would like more information on the coalition or how you can become involved, join our Facebook page or contact the Program Coordinator Myra Horner at (218) 330-8155 or via e-mail at