ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - We've extended our book drive to an extra day. As of 10am this morning, we've collected more than 8,000 books. So we only need 2,000 to reach our goal. You can bring your gently used or new preschool books to Ready Readers at 1974 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114. You can also mail in your books. If you have any questions, please give them a call at 314-564-8070.
Ready Readers accepts books all year long too.
A recent study showed a correlation between third grade reading scores and prison beds. The New Jersey study revealed that the state determined the number of beds they would need by looking at reading scores. Wow! That was enough to move us into action.
We called up Ready Readers to see if they could help us with a book drive for preschoolers. If we can help kids with their vocabulary and reading early, we might be able to reduce the number of adults who are incarcerated.
Ready Readers is a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring preschool children from low-income communities to become readers.
Trained, passionate volunteers read aloud high-quality books to the same classrom of children for 30 minutes every week, and then provide stimulating reading-related activities. Six times during each school year and once during the summer, the volunteer readers also distribute new books for each child to take home and keep.
For more information, visit their website http://readyreaders.org/.