Tales of talking animals and far away places – hundreds of new books will make their way into the hands of kids in time for Christmas thanks to the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s (CBAL) Books Under Every Tree campaign. Nearly 550 new and gently used books were presented to the Community Christmas Hamper program last week, to be included in every family hamper being distributed this season. Pictured, CBAL community literacy coordinator Erin Perkins presented Dennis Tournemille, Community Christmas Hamper program coordinator with boxes full of books – and they enjoyed a story or two as well! The Books Under Every Tree campaign collects new and gently used books from local schools and community organizations, and uses proceeds from CBAL’s fall Reach a Reader campaign. Perkins said she is thrilled with the community support for Books Under Every Tree, especially this year as many children lost their books in May’s flooding. Tournemille said he expects there to be a larger than average demand for hamper this year, but at least two books will be in every hamper going to a family with kids. (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

Hundreds of books collected by CBAL

The “Books Under Every Tree” campaign was a hit.

KATHLEEN SAYLORS

Grand Forks Gazette

The “Books Under Every Tree” campaign was a hit.

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