The St. Marys Public Library has a number of programs and events scheduled over the course of the winter, many of which are geared toward encouraging younger children to read.
February will mark the third consecutive year that the library has collaborated with the Success by Six Program to collect books for children ages six and under.
According to Vicki Miller, the library's director of children's services, the purpose of the program is to get reading materials to preschool children so that they are introduced to books before they begin school.
"Those books that are collected will be passed out at the different food banks throughout Elk County," Miller said. "The program has been very successful and the families seem very appreciative."
Donations of books that are clean, in good condition, and appropriate for children age six and under will be collected at the library throughout the month of February.
"[People can] just bring the books here to the front desk upstairs and we have a staff person that goes through them. Then the people that are in charge of the Success by Six program will come and deliver them to the food banks when they're ready for the program. I think that goes on in April or May," Miller said.
For more information on this story, see the Jan. 13 edition of The Daily Press.