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Book program

Carla Miller, North Iowa Community Action Wic Program coordinator, browses through some of the the 5,000 books collected by the United Way of North Central Iowa.

MASON CITY | The United Way of North Central Iowa collected about 5,000 books in a program it instituted to focus on youth literacy.

"It's been amazing," said Executive Director Jodee O'Brien, as she watched representatives of North Iowa Community Action Organization, Lutheran Services of Iowa and WIC sort through the books Wednesday and take full boxes out to their vehicles.

Through their organizations, the books will be given to needy families as an encouragement for their children to read.

O'Brien said the program is made possible through the cooperation of many businesses and other organizations that offered their buildings as collection centers for the books.

Participating were Clear Lake Ban & Trust, First Citizens Bank, CENT Credit Union, Hy-Vee East, Hy-Vee West, North Iowa Community Credit Union, MBT Bank, Algona Public Library, Garner Public Library, Mason City Public Library, Hampton Center One and Kaplan University.

— John Skipper

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