Joe Stewart is the co-owner of Book Browser in Woodstock and said his store will continue the drive through the summer.
“We kicked it off as soon as we received a contact and address to send the books,” Stewart said. “We will continue the drive throughout the summer or until they tell us to stop sending books.”
The drive is collecting books for children between pre-kindergarten and middle school. Books sought after are fiction, non-fiction, beginner readers, story books, chapter books and any middle-grade level books. Stewart said the books will end up in Moore School District elementary school libraries and classrooms, and some will go to rebuild students’ home libraries that were destroyed by the tornadoes.
Stewart said he is in contact with the principal of Briarwood Elementary school in Moore, Okla., Shelly Jaques-Mcmillin, and the books will be sent to the Moore Public Schools Donation Center.
“We have already collected several boxes of books that will be mailed on Wednesday,” Stewart said. “We have wonderful customers and friends that have joined us in the endeavor.”
Stewart said the idea to collect books for Oklahoma libraries came up when he received an email from his friend, a retired teacher named Martha Causey.
“She thought it would be good idea since I owned a book store and I discussed it with my wife, son, and daughter-in-law and we all totally agreed,” Stewart said. “It was the right thing to do.”
Books for the drive can be dropped off at either the Book Browser store at 295 Molly Lane suite 130 in Woodstock, or at Cherokee High School. For information, email mybookbrowser
@gmail.com or call (770) 384-8644.