UMaine’s annual holiday book drive gets underway

The University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and University Bookstore, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Orono-Old Town, launched the annual holiday book drive Nov. 1. New books for young children through teens can be dropped off at the bookstore or 151 Shibles Hall through Dec. 4. The bookstore will match all donations. In addition, all children’s books will be 20 percent off during the store’s annual holiday sale Dec. 3. Kiwanis members will distribute the titles at the club’s annual children’s holiday party. The book drive is now in its 38th year, and has collected thousands of books for area youth. About 300 books were collected during last year’s drive.