So many of the children right here in Citrus County lack access to the books they need to help them be successful in school and beyond. In partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization providing brand new books to children in need, the United Way of Citrus County, Nature Coast Volunteer Center, and the Citrus County Library System is planning on changing the situation.The fundraiser officially runs September 12-30, but you can donate any time from now through the end of September. We are hosting a Virtual Book Drive to raise money to provide 1,000 brand new books to children in Citrus County.
To make it a success, we need your help.
Here is what you can do:
Spread the word. Tell your friends to donate. Tweet about it. Facebook it. And remember, every dollar we raise gets us one step closer to ensuring children in need can open the pages of brand new books and the doors to a brighter future. Page It Forward!
Want to sponsor? Contact United Way of Citrus County for information.
Want to volunteer? Download the form and return it to the Nature Coast Volunteer Center.
Did you Know?
If children read one million words a year, at least one thousand words will be added to their vocabulary.
Krashen, Stephen “The Power of Reading”
Students from low-income homes lose two to three months in reading skills learned in the previous school year according to a study done by experts from John Hopkins University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Virginia.
Strauss, Valerie “Limit Learning Losses During Summer Vacation” The Washington Post, June 23, 2009
Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. Attending University: For children whose parents are almost unschooled, a home library confers a small but real advantage. Only 3% in bookless homes would go to a university compared to 13% where there is a large home library, an advantage of 10 percentage points. This advantage rises to 15 percentage points for primary school parents, 21 for parents with complete secondary schooling. 28 for high school educated parents and fully 37 percentage points for university educated parents.
Scholarly Culture and Educational Success in 27 Nations – December 2005
Do you know a child in need of books?
Register through the Citrus County Library System for our book event on October 22, 2011. Each child will receive a brand new book, an opportunity to create a book mark, and chance to register for a library card. You must pre-register for this event.
Event Times & Locations for October 22, 2011:
Lakes Region Library, Inverness 10:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Central Ridge Library, Beverly Hills 10:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Homosassa Library, Homosassa 10:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Floral City Library, Floral City 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Coastal Region Library, Crystal River 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Thank you to our partners & sponsors!