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Friends of the Houston Public Library(HOUSTON)– Books can make a difference in a child’s life. That’s why the Annual Children’s book sale by the Friends of the Houston Public Library is so important.

Researchers say there is only one book for every 300 children in low-income areas. Compare that to at least 13 books for every child in middle and high income areas.

To help bridge that gap, Jan Mitchell Johnson with the Friends of the Houston Public Library is partnering with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Books Between Kids.

“Reading time is important. The number of words that kids hear read aloud to them is important. It makes all the difference in their language ability and their ability to read on grade level by grade three,” Johnson explained.

So for just a dollar, two at the most- – parents, teachers, friends, anyone can buy discarded children’s books from the Houston Public Library.

“We see our opportunity to get books in the hands of people who maybe could not afford even half-priced books,” said Johnson.

Not only do children win, but there’s a bonus:  the money raised from the book sales will help pay for programs, materials and scholarships at the Houston Public Library.

The children’s book sale is this Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 2014 at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street in the Heights.  For more information go to:

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