Book Drive to Foster Youth Literacy

Tomorrow, Aug. 1, will mark the first day of a community-based book drive at more than 1,000 Borders(R) and Waldenbooks(R) stores throughout the nation. Borders and Waldenbooks' staff will encourage customers to purchase new children's books through the first week of September. All books will be directly donated to a local charity chosen by each store. In this difficult economy when charities nationwide have generally seen a decrease in contributions, Borders and Waldenbooks stores are pleased to coordinate book drives that will benefit hundreds of local non-profit organizations across the country.

"Borders' customers are extremely generous even in this challenging economy -- and they share our company's passion for fostering children's literacy. Every child should experience the joy of owning a book and we are pleased to team with our customers and hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the country to help make that possible," said Anne Kubek, executive vice president of Merchandising and Marketing for Borders.

Whether searching for a beloved classic from their childhood or discovering a new author or illustrator, customers will enjoy browsing Borders and Waldenbooks stores' selection of thousands of titles. The retailer expects some of the most popular books donated to include "Horrid Henry," "Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day," "The Poky Little Puppy" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Customers can choose to donate these titles or they can donate their favorite age-appropriate children's book. If they choose, customers can even purchase a toy or game to donate.

Borders stores in Omaha, Neb. have selected Boys Town as the recipient of their book donations. "Reading is such an essential part of any child's educational development, and is key to their future success," said Father Steve Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director. "We want to thank Borders for making this important donation to our vital work."

Borders stores in Michigan have once again selected Reach Out and Read Michigan as the beneficiary of the books they collect. "Literacy is vitally important to the quality of life of Michigan's families. We are grateful to Borders stores for again helping us provide much needed books to children throughout our state," said Wendy Shepherd, Outreach Manager for Reach Out and Read Michigan.

Customers may contact their local Borders or Waldenbooks store to learn more about the book drive. To find a store, visit and click on the store locator tab.