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Aggies for Kids to hold annual book drive

The volunteer group Aggies for Kids will be holding its annual book drive Sept. 2-Oct. 15 for Myrna's Children's Village and the Glass Family Library for Young Children.

During the drive, contributors can make donations, which will be used to buy books on a special list. The list was created by the Glass Family Library Committee to meet the needs of the Children's Village.

Categories on the book list include infant and toddler, numeracy development, young English learners and picture books.

Last year, 193 books were donated during the drive. The library now has 648 books, and many children have visited the library, checking out more than 300 books.

"Research has shown early literacy is very important for children in order to become life-long learners. Skills such as vocabulary, narrative skills, letter knowledge and phonological sensitivity begin to develop at an early age and lay the foundation for life-long literacy," said Candace Kaye, associate college professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction whose specialization is early childhood education.

Myrna's Children's Village is located in Cervantes Village at the corner of Sam Steel Way and Williams Avenue. It was established in October 2003 to make child care more available to students, and provides care to more than 150 children.

The Glass family has been a part of the Las Cruces community for almost 100 years and has continually supported NMSU and its role in educating students.

For more information about the book drive, contact Eula Fern Thompson at (575) 524-1004.