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First Book kickoff, book giveaway planned for July 8

ATHENS, Ohio (July 7, 2005) -- First Book Athens County, a chapter of the national nonprofit organization designed to get new books into the homes of low-income families, will be hosting a kickoff at the Athens Community Center on July 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a free book distribution, a special visit from the Ohio University Bobcat and ice cream sundaes for children, families and potential first book grant recipients.

Among those attending will be Ohio University athletes and coaches, Sen. Joy Padgett and literacy supporters from throughout the region.

The First Book Athens County Advisory Board was developed in April 2005 by Danielle Hopson, director of Appalachia READS, and Jacques Angelino, a community volunteer. Access to books is essential to reading development. More than 60 percent of low-income families have no books in their homes for children. By providing children from low-income families with books that they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores, the number of books in the home.

Read more about First Book online at www.firstbook.org

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Media Contact: Appalachia READS Director Danielle Hopson, (740) 593-0160, or College of Communication External Relations Coordinator Erin Roberts, (740) 593-0030

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