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More books needed: Drive at Franklin and Broadway ends this Friday

It’s the final week of UCOP’s summer book drive, and more books are needed to meet the goal.

UC and City Center building participants have so far collected more than 1,600 books for low-income Oakland children who have little or no access to reading materials. Their goal is 2,500 books.

You have until this Friday, Aug. 15, to make your donation in the clearly marked white bins in the Franklin and Broadway lobbies. Please donate new or gently used books, appropriate for readers up to the age of 18, and avoid dirty or tattered books, textbooks, encyclopedias or library discards.

Books will be distributed to children through various agencies. Volunteers are also needed to help sort and transport the books in a national service event on Saturday, Sept. 13. If you’re interested in participating, contact Quinn Donohue at or 510-637-1746.

The Corporation for National and Community Service sponsors the drive as part of President Obama’s United We Serve program, which encourages local volunteerism. It is coordinated locally by the East Bay Children’s Book Project, which has distributed more than 1 million books since opening its doors in May 2005.

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  1. Tracy FitzGerald August 12, 2014 Reply

    Please note that the date for volunteering to sort and transport books has been changed to Friday, August 22nd.

  2. Tracy FitzGerald August 18, 2014 Reply

    A total of 5,900 books were collected around the Bay Area during this year’s drive. The East Bay Children’s Book Project will need help sorting the books out this Friday – August 22, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. They are looking for adults to help. Please contact the East Bay Children’s Book Project at 510-408-7323. They are located at 955 12th St in downtown Oakland.

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