City Council, School Board, Friends of PHS Library, Turkey Trot partner for Book Drive donations

PUSD Superintendent Randy Booker, School Board member Andrea Swenson, City Council member Jen Cavenaugh, School Board members Sarah Pearson and Cory Smegal, City Council member Betsy Andersen, and School Board President Amal Smith donating books for the drive in 2019

A few years ago, the Piedmont City Council and the Board of Education initiated a Thanksgiving Children’s Book Drive. Last year they donated over 1600 new and lightly used books to the East Bay Children’s Book Project, which gives away books to any professional who works with children in need. This local non-profit has given away almost 2 million books since opening in 2005.  Many retired PUSD teachers and staff volunteer at the East Bay Children’s Book Project, which is located on Harrison across from Whole Foods.

The initiative has gotten a boost from the Turkey Trot Committee, which is encouraging participants to bring books to drop off when they come to Veteran’s Hall to pick up their bibs between 3-5:00 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

New this year another partner, Friends of the PHS Library, is helping to make it possible for all new and lightly used books to be accepted. Books for young readers will be given to the EBCBP, and those for high schoolers and above will be donated to the Piedmont High School Library. Note: the PHS Library would prefer books that were published in the past 10 years.

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