BANGOR, Maine — United Way of Eastern Maine is coordinating with area nonprofits and workplaces to increase the number of books children have this holiday season. It is working with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor and People’s United Bank to collect new and gently used children’s books, to be distributed to low-income families during the holiday season. The Bull Moose store at Maine Square in the mall area in Bangor is the collection site for the books.

“Many parents who struggle with literacy don’t have books in their homes for the children,” said Mary Lyon, director of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. “While most parents know that reading is important for their children’s academic development, they lack the resources to buy books for them. As part of our family literacy programming, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor works to elevate the reading levels of all those in the home — parents and children. We’re asking for the continued generosity of the community to help get books in the homes of those at risk. Reading to a child is the single best predictor of a child’s academic potential.”

“We know that the Greater Bangor community is incredibly generous. We’re in the middle of our annual campaign, which is vital to continuing the good work that agencies are doing. People’s United is going that extra mile and ensuring that children have the books they need to do well in school and succeed in life. We are so pleased to partner with them on this project,” said John Kuropchak, president of United Way of Eastern Maine.

The program was run by Borders bookstore before it went out of business.

“We are proud to fill the hole left by Borders and provide a way for at-risk children to discover the fascinating and beautiful worlds found in books,” said Chad Verrill of Bull Moose.

To donate books, visit Bull Moose before Monday, Nov. 28. Books will be distributed in December to families throughout the area. For information, call the United Way of Eastern Maine at 941-2800 or visit