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First Book to Team with Online Book Seller to Donate Books to Children in Need

RELEASED: Nov. 24, 2008

First Book logoEAU CLAIRE — First Book, an international nonprofit, and Childrenbookstore.com will team up to benefit children in need in more than 60 communities, including the Eau Claire area, now through Dec. 31.

Childrensbookstore.com will donate 15 percent of each customer's purchase price when using a promotion code. The proceeds will go to participating First Book Advisory Boards to be awarded via grants to community groups that serve children from low-income families.

First Book-Eau Claire, a college advisory board affiliate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, includes volunteers from all sectors of the community who promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to literacy programs in the Eau Claire area. The advisory board will help distribute funds raised in the 2008 holiday giving campaign to local organizations.

"Our campus advisory board distributes books to a number of organizations serving low-income families in the Eau Claire area, and with the help of the community, we hope to raise enough funds to get books into the hands of even more children," said Susan Schuelke, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as the First Book-Eau Claire Advisory Board leader.

Since 2005, First Book-Eau Claire has distributed more than 10,000 books to local programs serving low-income children, said Don Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning and chair of the First Book-Eau Claire advisory board. The books have been distributed through organizations such as Western Dairyland Head Start, the Eau Claire Area School District's Reading Partner Program, Bolton Refuge House, Interfaith Hospitality-Beacon House, Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association's Building Bridges Program and Literacy Volunteers of the Chippewa Valley.

Childrensbookstore.com was launched in September as a resource site for children's literacy information and an online store for new children's books. To benefit First Book-Eau Claire, visit www.childrensbookstore.com and enter UWEC as the promotion code when checking out.

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