Medford Lithia Auto Stores are collecting new and "gently used" children's books to distribute to area children in the second annual “Let’s Read” program and book drive.

The “Let’s Read” Program encourage families, friends and community volunteers to read to and with youngsters. Lithia is partnering with Jackson Elementary School and the Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub on the program.

The book drive and reading program is also intended to help address the seasonal “learning lag” that affects children during the summer break months.

For more information, see www.westmedfordlearn.org or www.Lithia4Kids.com. Books may be dropped off at any local Medford Lithia Auto Store, Starbucks at the Commons in downtown Medford or Jackson Elementary School.