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London-Wide Appeal for Children's Books

Deb Matthews Encourages London Area Residents to Donate Books

LONDON – Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre is appealing to the goodwill of Londoners for donations to her annual Children’s Book Drive launched yesterday.

From January 11 to February 6, new and gently-used books for children and young adults can be dropped off at Matthews’ office. Deb is challenging Londoners to rally together to donate enough books to fill a truck that will be parked outside her office.

“Our theme for this year’s book drive is Open a mind…Touch a heart…Share a book,” said Matthews. “This is my fourth annual book drive and each time I’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity of Londoners.”

The lack of access to books is a personal concern for Matthews who has accompanied former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman on visits to literacy camps in isolated First Nations communities in the past. Deb wants to build on Bartleman’s legacy in Northern Ontario by increasing opportunities for kids in London to have books of their own. During the recent poverty reduction strategy consultations, Deb heard first-hand about how important literacy is in breaking the cycle of poverty for kids.

“Literacy really is the key to success. If you can’t read and write, your options are severely limited,” said Matthews. “Books are a great passion of mine because reading opens a world of ideas and adventures, and I know the people of London will once again be generous and eager to share.”

Donated books will be distributed to organizations in the region. Books can be dropped off at 242 Piccadilly Street, London.

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