Literacy group collecting gently used books for annual fundraiser

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Literacy group collecting gently used books for annual fundraiser
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Ann Bownan

Ann Bowman is volunteer president of Oakville Literacy Council. Currently she is the owner of her own consultancy communications firm having worked for the University of Toronto, Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. and the Investor Education Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Spring cleaning this weekend? The Oakville Literacy Council is accepting donations of books in good condition for its annual used book sale, to be held at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) from Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Volunteers are available to accept book donations during set times at QEPCCC at 2302 Bridge Road: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also drop small batches of books at two Panago Pizza locations (on Cornwall and on Neyagawa) or at Boston Pizza in Dorval Crossing. Book collection runs throughout May with the last day on Saturday, May 31.

On Saturday, May 24, Oakville Literacy volunteers will be at the Whole Foods store on Cornwall Road from
11 a.m. through 2 p.m., filling as many shopping carts and reusable shopping bags as possible with your book donations. The event also celebrates Whole Foods choosing Oakville Literacy Council as the beneficiary of its One Dime at a Time community support program from April through June of this year. Customers who bring their own shopping bags to Whole Foods can ask to donate their usual 10-cent per bag refund to Oakville Literacy.

The used book drive and sale is a real community builder, giving people an opportunity to recycle their beloved books among their neighbours. While most gently used books are accepted – including fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children – there are a few exceptions.

We’re not able to accept textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias or outdated travel, reference and computer books. They just don’t sell. We need to collect as many saleable books as we can to raise the funds we need to provide our services throughout the year.

Oakville Literacy Council is a charitable organization helping local adults improve essential skills needed to achieve everyday independence, greater participation in the community, and better opportunities in education and employment. Volunteers provide free one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math skills, as well as small group classes in basic computer skills.

For more information, visit oakvilleliteracy.ca and www.facebook.com/oakvilleliteracycouncil and follow #oakbooksale on Twitter.

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