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Guild distributes nearly 5,000 books

The Storytelling Guild of Jackson County has distributed 4,805 new and used children's books to 21 agencies in Jackson County.

Books were distributed to every child in Head Start in two counties, to the Children's Advocacy Center, La Clinica's three health clinics, local hospitals, Community Health Centers, Dunn House, Kids Unlimited, the Magdalene Home, OnTrack, the North Medford High School Child Development Center, Family Nurturing Center, the Juvenile Detention Shelter, Healthy Start and the Butte Falls Community School Partnership, among locations.

The books were donated during the annual "Pass the Book" drive held in January, with collection bins at all 15 Jackson County libraries and at eight branches of Umpqua Bank; during the free performance of "Jungle Book" in January by the Tears of Joy Theatre; and from other donors and purchases at yard sales.

In addition to "Pass the Book," the all-volunteer Storytelling Guild also presents an annual "Book Walk" fashion show of books to third-graders, a weekly preschool storytime at the Medford library, a free show at the Craterian each January, and the annual Children's Festival, which this year will be July 12-14 on the Britt Festivals grounds in Jacksonville.

— Staff reports