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Promoting literacy: Ludington Writers to host book drive, luncheon Saturday

November 27, 2018

The Ludington Writers group wants to encourage literacy in Mason County, and it’s doing so with a book drive for local children on Saturday at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

The group has been hard at work collecting donations of new and gently used books for the event, which will culminate in a luncheon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the arts center, 107 S. Harrison St. in Ludington, where people can exchange new and gently used books — or a $2.50 donation — for home-cooked food and fellowship.

“We hope that people will bring a book or make a donation — or both if they’re moved to,” organizing member Pamela Blair said. “It’s been really exciting collecting books and giving something in return in the form of a luncheon (where) there will be cookies, cupcakes, desserts, appetizers and chili — both traditional and vegetarian.”

The members of the group — which consists of writers and literary enthusiasts from the area — are already well-acquainted with the wonders of reading. Now they want to pass that knowledge on to local children.

“We learn how to read so we can learn everything else that’s important to us. First we learn to read and then that opens doors to all other forms of reading,” Blair said. “Certainly children who learn to develop a love for books and reading have an enriched life.”

The book drive is the first of what organizers hope will be many, and it will benefit children through Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) and the Mason County Head Start program.

The idea for the book drive initially came up last spring, when the members of the Ludington Writers group asked what they could do to promote literacy in the area. The members were asked to think of suggestions and bring them back to the group.

For more information, contact Pamela Blair at pamela.blair49@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/ludingtonwriters.

Read the full story in the print and e-Edition of Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News.

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