For the whole month of March, MOPA’s Dubois Library will be hosting a book drive, collecting new and used children’s books, in English and Spanish. The books will be given to Words Alive, a local non-profit that distributes books to underserved, low-income, and at-risk children, teens, and adults. Please consider donating any gently used (or new!) books for ages 0-18; donations can be dropped off inside MOPA, Tuesday- Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
In addition, Science Family Day is March 17th, so bring your book donations to MOPA that day and enjoy lots of family activities happening at all the museums in Balboa Park. MOPA will construct a giant camera obscura right out front of the Museum, and kids 12 and under enjoy free admission, with a paid adult.
Words Alive aims to inspire a commitment to reading, and manages a variety of programs, such as story times and book clubs, that encourage literacy and lifelong learning. Last year’s book drive at MOPA garnered more than 350 books! Many of these books were given to families visiting the Armed Services YMCA Neighborhood Exchange, a monthly program that helps struggling military families. Other books were distributed to children via Words Alive’s partnership with the East County division of Child Welfare Services.
As a Librarian, I love seeing the impact books can have on people, and I’m thrilled to collaborate with a community partner that is dedicated not only to encouraging literacy, but to providing access to books for kids without them. Just think, 350 books could affect the lives of 350 children!