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Latino Daily News

Monday December 20, 2010

1st Annual Virtual Book Drive for Latino Children

Grupo Nelson joins efforts with LATISM to announce the first annual Virtual Book Drive as a way for members and supporters to unite nationally and work toward a common goal to give US Latinos, and Latino children in particular,  access to books.

From December 20 to December 31st, 2010, Grupo Nelson and Latinos in Social Media ask you to nominate your favorite library via Twtpoll. The national goal is for at least 500 books for a library members choose.

Why does Latino literacy matter?  Illiteracy is linked to nearly every major socioeconomic crisis today.  Children who cannot read are statistically more likely as adults to suffer poor health, struggle in the job market, rely on government assistance, and find themselves in the criminal justice system.

With 1 out of 5 children in the country being Latinos and Latino educational levels reaching the point of a national crisis, it is imperative that something to promote reading and support the faltering library system. Our future as a culture and as a nation depends on it.

Education, and reading as an integral part of it, is the biggest challenge the community faces right now.

Please nominate your favorite library here and tell us why it should win. The library with the most votes will get ALL books collected during our drive, courtesy of our partnering sponsors, publishers and authors, including Grupo Nelson, Raul Ramos y Sanchez, and many more.