First Book Celebrates Reading

Read any good books lately? Some young people might soon thanks to First Book Savannah Chatham County. Thursday afternoon, the program celebrated its fifth anniversary at the Saint Pius Family Resource Center.

They kicked off the fun by reading one of the stories to the many families there. Since it started in 2002, members have donated 10,000 new books to children.

"It's very important," said Ernest Dailey, manager of the St. Pius Family Resource Center. "Children need to know how to read. If you can't read, you can fill out a job application. If you can't read, how are you going to know what you are signing? It is important that children have books and that they know how to read."

First Book hopes the book giveaway will encourage children to read. First Book is a nonprofit organization with a single mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

Reported by: Dawn Baker,