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Manchester University in conjunction with Better World Books gave out more than 5,000 books on Friday evening during FunFest by the River.
In 2013, the University gave away 1,000 books at the North Manchester FunFest.
“Last year, they all went in one night,” said Carole Miller-Patrick, director of Manchester University’s Center for Service Opportunities. “Our goal is very simple: to increase literacy.”
The initial plan for this year’s FunFest was to give away 3,000 books, but the final tally put the figure well over 5,000.
The books, provided through a literacy partnership with Better World Books, span all reading levels. They were given away free at the Manchester University booth on Market Street.
Over the past year, Manchester University employees, students and neighbors have deposited thousands of books in a Better World Books bin behind the Administration Building on College Avenue in North Manchester.
Better World collects and ships the books to communities around the world. It also sells them at extremely reduced prices in its Mishawaka, Ind., outlet store and recycles unusable or damaged books. Learn more about Better World Books at betterworldbooks.com.
Aug. 13, 2014