DES MOINES — United Way of Central Women’s Leadership Connection (WLC) is coordinating the third annual “Stuff the Bus” book drive to collect new and gently used children’s books for WLC-supported child care centers and in-home providers during National Children’s Book Week, May 7-11. The week-long drive will culminate with an event at Aviva USA, 7700 Mills Civic Parkway, beginning at 9 a.m. May 11.
According to early literacy research, within the U.S., access to books is essential to reading development: the only variable that directly correlates with reading scores is the number of books in the home. However, most recent data describes a profound, even shocking gap: while the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book to 300 children. Additionally, more than 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books.
Last year’s drive collected over 5,000 books.
Click here for a suggested list of books recommended by the Public Library of Des Moines. However, we will accept any new or gently used children's books. Collection boxes for books will be located throughout the metro area at the following participating workplaces:
· Aviva USA
· Bankers Trust Company
· BNI (Business Network International)
· CAPTRUST Advisors
· Delta Dental
· Drake University
· EMC Insurance
· Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping (Grimes)
· FBL Financial Group
· Federal Home Loan Bank
· Friedrich's Coffee (on 22nd, 86th and 42nd)
· Holmes Murphy & Associates, Inc.
· John Deere Des Moines Works
· John Deere Financial
· Kemin Industries
· Kids Company
· Kum & Go- Corporate
· Marsh US Consumer
· Meredith Corporation
· Nationwide Agribusiness
· Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
· Pioneer Hi-Bred, A DuPont Business
· Starbucks (Merle Hay Road, Hickman Road, NW 86th Street)
· Twin Cedars Community School-Bussey, IA
· The Principal Financial Group
· UnitedHealthCare and UMR
· United Way of Central Iowa
· Wells Fargo and Company
Contact Bergetta Beardsley (515-246-2510; email@example.com) to make alternative arrangements for your books.