MEDIA ALERT: SAReads Annual Summer Book Drive Begins June 6th

SAReads Annual Summer Book Drive Begins June 6th

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The SAReads Summer Book Drive begins Monday, June 6th and continues through Friday, August 19th. Anyone can donate books at more than 50 locations across San Antonio, including all San Antonio Public Library branches, all Firstmark Credit Union locations, all area YMCAs and The Twig Book Shop

The SAReads Book Bank needs books for children from infants to teens. The book bank distributes books to hundreds of nonprofits, faith-based entities, youth centers, schools and pediatric clinics. “Last summer’s book drive collected more than 10,000 books, a number we hope to surpass this year. Give your gently-used books new life by gifting them to the SAReads Book Bank,” said Pamela Toman, Executive Director of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. In addition to collecting and transporting books, the book bank inspects, cleans, catalogs and warehouses books before distributing them to children in the community, many of whom lack books in their homes.

Originally started by Congressman Joaquín Castro during his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, the SAReads Summer Book Drive has added new partners and drop-off locations each year. Organizations interested in hosting their own book drive are encouraged to contact SAReads at or by phone at (210) 957-8790. Any organization interested in requesting books from the SAReads Book Bank can do so on our website at

SAReads is a project of Literacy San Antonio, Inc. (LSA) to significantly increase literacy and educational attainment in Bexar County. For more information, please visit


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