MOPA to Host Words Alive! Book Drive to Benefit San Diego Area Children

Release Date: 
March 8, 2011

The Museum of Photographic Arts is excited to collaborate with Words Alive to host a book drive benefitting youth in San Diego. The collected books will be distributed to communities with limited access to quality reading materials and education supplements and will kick off on Saturday, April 9 with the start of National Library Week.

“MoPA is an institution committed to furthering the education of youths in and around our community,” said Deborah Klocko, executive director, MoPA. “Our Dubois Library is a source of learning for many children and we want to expand upon that commitment by supporting literacy and a love of learning for all San Diego-area children.”

MoPA will be collecting books from April 9 - May 14 and hopes to collect 350 books for San Diego children. The book drive with kick off with an event on Saturday, April 9 at MoPA and will include MoPA’s monthly Family Film Day. The Princess Bride will be screened at 1:00 pm in MoPA’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater and is free and open to the public with a suggested book donation. Following the film, MoPA will host a storytelling time with the librarian, as well as book-related crafts for the entire family.

“Even the gift of one book can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Holland Kessinger, librarian, MoPA. “A love of learning begins with basic reading and comprehension skills that will benefit a child throughout the course of their life. Reading is not only meant to be educational, but also enjoyable.”

The Edmund L. and Nancy K. Dubois Libraryat MoPA is a unique collection, including everything from monographs to magazines, and encyclopedias to exhibition catalogs.  The Dubois Library’s unique collection of rare books, fine art photography catalogs and historic reference material is available for use to MoPA members, researchers and students.

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MOPA Information:
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) is one of the premier institutions in the United States devoted to photography, film and video. Since its founding in 1983, MoPA has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The Museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.

About Words Alive:
Founded in 1999, Words Alive is a non-profit organization that helps underserved, low-income, at-risk children, teens and adults discover how books can add meaning to their lives. Through innovative programs and initiatives, Words Alive aims to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading. For more information about Words Alive, its programs, volunteer opportunities, annual Authors Luncheon and giving opportunities, please contact Patrick Stewart, executive director, at (858) 274-9673, patrick@wordsalive.orgor access our website at


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