Held each spring in conjunction with the observance of National Library Week, the “United We Read” project will be an effort aimed at helping to promote and encourage reading and literacy in the community.
The project is coordinated by the United Way of North Central Mississippi in partnership with the Starkville Public Library, various community volunteer groups and local schools.
Project components include:
A one-week book drive with students at local schools -- Each participating school will have designated drop points on school property for students and their parents to bring used fiction or nonfiction books they no longer want or need.
A two-week community book drive -- designated drop points are set around the community for members of the public donate new or used fiction or nonfiction books.
Once collected, volunteers will take the books to a clearinghouse location, sort them according to reading level/genre and prepare them for redistribution.
The books will be distributed in a “book giveaway” to be held at the Starkville Public Library on a Saturday scheduled at the convenience of the library staff. Dubbed “The Great Starkville Book Swap,” the book giveaway event will provide children, youth and adults an opportunity to select books they can read during the spring and summer months. The "book giveaway" event will also provide an opportunity for the library staff to distribute information about reading and other programs offered for children, teenagers and adults. Books not taken in the book giveaway will be donated to the Friends of the Public Library.