The Peekskill Reads book drive is a community event aimed at getting books into the homes of our younger children. Residents donate new or used books geared to children 12 years or younger. These books are then given to children, at no cost, during an open, public event. The event, “Men Who Read to Children,” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Field Children’s Library in Peekskill.

To donate new or used books for children aged 12 years and younger, simply drop the books at the Field Library’s Children’s Room, located at 4 Nelson Ave. Please make sure the books are clean and in good condition.

Residents and local businesses have been extremely generous in the past, donating over 1,000 books to each of Peekskill Reads’ book drives. We are hoping to match or exceed that number this year.

All research shows that early intervention is the key to children attaining good reading habits and children who have books in their homes are far more likely to read.

Peekskill Reads is a community-based organization that actively supports comprehensive, community-based literacy programs and the education of Peekskill’s children. The only requirement for membership is a desire to actively volunteer in supporting literacy and education in Peekskill.

Editor’s Note: This information was provided by Peekskill Reads Co-founder Drew Claxton.