City of Albuquerque kicks off book drive for kids

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tuesday marks the beginning of the 12th annual “Read to Me” book drive and the Duke City is making a big push to get kids reading more.

The goal is to collect 45,000 books over the next several weeks.

Books and bookmarks will be distributed to elementary school children from low-income families to take home so they have something to read during the summer. They’ll also get library program information.

Collection sites will be at: Barnes and Noble, John Brooks Supermart, Applebee’s, La Montanita Natural Foods Co-op, Albuquerque/Bernalillo Count Library System and Village Inn.

Organizers say giving kids their own books to keep them reading during the summer will make a big difference in their lives.

“Reading’s a fundamental skill. If they don’t have books in the home, there are studies that show kids who have fewer books in the home have a harder time learning to read,” said Paula Delap-Padilla of the City of Albuquerque.

The drive runs from February 15 until March 31. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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