Give a Kid in Need the Gift of Reading for the Holidays

V1 Staff

Every holiday season, the Give a Kid a Book Program offers the gift of reading by distributing more than 4,000 new books to children in the Chippewa Valley. Now in its 25th year, this program of the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is again seeking donations.

Among the needs are board books for babies, easy picture books for kids 2 to 5, fiction and nonfiction books for ages 6 to 18, audiobooks for kids of all ages, and books in Spanish and Hmong. New, unwrapped books and monetary donations can be dropped off at the library, 400 Eau Claire St., now through Saturday, Dec. 21. Books-A-Million, 4030 Commonwealth Ave., is also hosting a holiday book drive through Dec. 21.

In addition, donors can drop off new books at UW-Eau Claire’s Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence or mail monetary donations to Friends of the LEPMPL, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Donated books are distributed during the holiday season through partner agencies, including the Salvation Army, Bolton Refuge House, Community Table, St. Francis Food Pantry, and Eau Claire Family Literacy, while monetary donations are used to shop for books.

Learn more about Give a Kid a Book and how you can help by contacting Stacy Yearous at (715) 831-5301 or