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United Way seeks books for North Iowa literacy project

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MASON CITY | United Way of North Central Iowa is looking for community partners for Day of Action, an annual event that will focus on literacy this year.

"We are turning our efforts to increase youth literacy in our region by holding a children's book drive," Community Impact Director Jen Butler said in a press release. 

"We will be collecting books from June 1-21. They will be donated to the North Iowa Community Action organization and Lutheran Services of Iowa to be distributed to low-income families," she said.

Butler said the program is timed to focus on summer learning, a time when young people often fall behind.

"Boosting summer learning and working with schools, summer programs, employers and other nonprofits is part of United Way's strategy to help kids succeed in school, work and life," she said.

Anyone who wants to participate can drop off new or gently-used books at any of the following locations:

• Clear Lake Bank & Trust in Mason City, Clear Lake and Garner.

• First Citizens Bank in Mason City, Charles City, Latimer, Kanawha and Osage.

• CENT Credit Union in Mason City. 

• Hy-Vee East and Hy-Vee West.

• North Iowa Community Credit Union in Mason City. 

• MBT Bank in Clear Lake, Crystal Lake, Forest City and Lake Mills.

• Hampton Center One.

• Public libraries in Mason City, Garner and Algona. 

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