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This holiday season, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Country Club Plaza has named Swope Health Services the recipient of its annual Holiday Book Drive.
All customers who visit the Plaza Barnes & Noble store, 420 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO, through Dec. 31, 2017, are invited to purchase books and donate them to SHS, which provides them for free to children of all ages.
Customers can choose their own childhood favorites or select from SHS recommended titles.
“Barnes & Noble understands the magic of reading and the power of books,” said Amy Kuhnlein, SHS Manager of Development and Community Affairs. “It’s a perfect partnership because we both want children to learn to love reading and use that love as a foundation for lifelong learning.”
The book drive is just one part of the SHS-Barnes & Noble partnership. In addition to the book drive, Barnes & Noble will host a free event for children at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1: The Polar Express Pajama Party.
Dan Barnett, SHS Communications Specialist, leads the read-along of The Polar Express as Conductor Dan. Children are invited to wear pajamas to the event and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, crafts and giveaways. Activities include writing letters to Santa and making Santa hats and snowflakes.
“One of my favorite things about the Holiday season at Barnes & Noble is our annual book drive,” said Amanda Radke, Assistant Store Manager at the Plaza Barnes & Noble.
“Not only are we able to give our customers an opportunity to help those in need, but it gives us booksellers a sense of accomplishment every time we add a book to our donation box.”
Last year, Barnes & Noble helped deliver more than 1.5 million books to more than 650 local charitable organizations across the country.
The Plaza Barnes & Noble has set a goal of 1,900 books for SHS, Radke said.
SHS will distribute the books through its children’s programs and pediatric health care clinics.
Providers also use the books to help assess a child’s cognitive and physical development, said Kristy Willoughby-Randolph, LPN, Clinic Manager, Pediatrics.
Providers also talk with parents about the importance of reading to their children.
“Reading to children helps teach concepts like colors, numbers and letters, as well building on skills like listening, memory and vocabulary,” Willoughby-Randolph said. “Your infant or child listens to you read, and picks up on emotions and expressive sounds. Reading to your child also gives you that closeness and bonding.”
She continued: “We love being able to offer a new book to children during their well-child visits. I feel like we are actively taking part in contributing to their growth and development. In some instances, this may be the only book that child has, and we are happy to be able to provide them with something that will enhance their chances of a brighter educational future.”
Radke said the Plaza Barnes & Noble is pleased and excited to partner with SHS and is working hard to make the drive a success.
“Knowing that we can be a part of giving the gift of literacy to hundreds of children, who may otherwise never see a book all year, is a humbling reward,” Radke said.
Barnes & Noble on the Country Club Plaza, 420 W. 47th St., is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Dec. 24, the store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed on Dec. 25.