Darling's Summer Book Drive for Kids

July Through August 2017

Maine Public is partnering with the team at Darling's and Literacy Volunteers of Bangor to share the joy of reading with children across Maine. Many children across our state unfortunately have very limited access to appropriate books and we believe that developing reading skills is paramount to future success in school and beyond. Like our new PBS Kids 24/7 Channel, we want to be everywhere we can to support developmental education.

These books will be the distributed at many of the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause stops this summer. Click HERE to see the truck’s weekly schedule.

We are holding two literacy events that will include book giveaways, Maine Public on-air staff reading to children, photo opportunities with Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck, and other fun activities:

  • Saturday, July 29th at Darling’s Chrysler Dodge Ram Hyundai dealership at 439 Western Avenue in Augusta
  • Thursday, August 17th at Maine Public's studio in Bangor at 65 Texas Ave.

Both of these events will be partially solar powered thanks to equipment provided by ReVision Energy.

How You Can Join In

We are collecting new books and pristine used books at the following Darling’s and Maine Public locations:


  • Darling’s Chrysler Dodge Ram Hyundai
    439 Western Avenue


  • Darling’s Honda Nissan Volvo
    114 Sylvan Road
  • Maine Public's Bangor Studio
    63 Texas Avenue
  • Darling’s Used Vehicle Center
    58 Sylvan Road
  • Darling’s Ford VW Audi
    403 Hogan Road
  • Darling’s Auto Credit
    80 Haskell Road


  • Darling’s Agency
    96 Parkway South, Unit 1


  • Maine Public's Ladd Studios
    1450 Lisbon Street


  • Maine Public's Portland Studio
    323 Marginal Way

Participating Bookstores

We have also teamed up with a number of bookstores who have stepped up in a big way and will honor our 20% off coupon good for the purchase of a children’s title. Please visit and thank the following bookstores: