Darling's Summer Book Drive for Kids

Maine Public's Irwin Gratz greets readers at the Darling’s auto dealership in Augusta on July 29.

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.

Clifford the Big Red Dog in Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck in Augusta on July 29.

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.
 

Maine Public's Music Director/Host of Morning Classical Music Robin Rilette reads to children outside the Bangor studios on Aug. 17.

We held two wonderful literacy events this August which included 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.

Young readers perusing the books available the Book Drive for Kids at Darling’s in Augusta on July 29.

Our literacy events are 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:

Augusta

  • Darling’s Chrysler Dodge Ram Hyundai
    439 Western Avenue

Bangor

  • 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

A child reads one of the many books available at the book drive for kids held outside Maine Public's Bangor studio on Aug. 17.

Brewer

  • Darling’s Agency
    96 Parkway South, Unit 1

Lewiston

  • Maine Public's Ladd Studios
    1450 Lisbon Street

Portland

  • Maine Public's Portland Studio
    323 Marginal Way

Clifford The Big Red Dog reads one of the many books available at the book drive for kids held outside Maine Public's Bangor studio on Aug. 17.

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: