Local group provides books in offices

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In many local dentist, doctor and veterinary offices, the often-seen toy box for children to pick from has been replaced with a book box.

The book boxes are courtesy of the Sagebrush Reading Council, a local organization formed to promote reading amongst local children.

Sheryl Spears, chairperson of the community service project, said she got the idea from a dentist's office she took her daughter to in another community.

She said when her daughter left that office, there was a box from which she could choose a book to take home.

"I was thinking about ways we could promote reading in this community," Spears said. "So I thought why not put out boxes in our medical offices."

Every dentist's office in Craig has a box, as well as two medical offices, the Visiting Nurse Association, the dental van and veterinary offices.

Many of the books are donated by the Community Budget Center in downtown Craig, and some of the books were purchased courtesy of a $300 grant from the state.

A variety of books are offered, Spears said, from books for

small children to books for teenagers.

Spears said she's been surprised at how often local offices are calling because they need the boxes refilled.

"They've had to be refilled quite frequently," Spears said. "It's good to see they're going out that fast."

The group also accepts book donations from the community, Spears said.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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