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April 23, 2013 > Half Pint Library book drive nets 18,000 books

Half Pint Library book drive nets 18,000 books

Submitted By Emily Bruce, Photo by Steven Mazliach

Non-profit organizations from the Bay Area picked up free boxes of children's books on April 4 at Half Price Books in Fremont. The local community donated the books during the company's 15th annual Half Pint Library book drive. This special giveaway event invited any not-for-profit organization that could use or distribute children's books, to stop by. Half Price Books matched each book donated by the community during the drive. More than 18,000 books were collected, to be given away in the Bay Area and nationwide, the company is distributing more than 300,000 books to organizations in need.

"More children in need will now have books because of the generous Bay Area community," said Kathy Doyle Thomas, executive vice president of Half Price Books. "The Half Pint Library program helps make reading a priority for children by getting more books into non-profits, schools and homes."

According to the company's District Manager Matt Dalton, by the end of the afternoon, almost all 18,000 books were given away; the few remaining were donated to the Children's East Bay Literacy Project,

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