19th Readiatrics children's book drive kicks off month long event

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If you are spring cleaning and run across some gently used children's books, Readiatrics is the perfect organization to recycle those childhood treasures.

Rediatrics kicked off Wednesday and is in its 19th year of collecting children's books and distributing them to various organizations in the Black Hills.

City Councilwomen Darla Drew started this drive after seeing a lack of children's reading material in health care facilities.

With thousands of books collected and donated, Drew says the drive is fueled by a need for childhood literacy in the area.

Darla Drew, Readiatrics Book Drive founder says, "You have to be able to read or you just can't navigate our society anymore and you can't certainly.. or it's very hard to get a job or do anything without the ability to read and I think that starts in the home. So these books that I gather every year go home with the kids. there not to build other libraries. They go home, they get to have them themselves and keep them and read them hopefully with their family and parents ... things like that."

You can donate gently used kids books to any Black Hills Federal Credit Union location, Books-A-Million and, the Dahl Arts Center through May 7th.