Local Teachers Encourage Reading by Handing Out Free Books to Kids

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A group of teachers and librarians from Charlottesville City Schools spent their day trying to re-enforce the importance of reading over winter break.

It's the aim of their nonprofit group called Books on Bikes.

The group went to different neighborhoods including Hearthwood Apartments and Friendship Court to deliver free books to kids in the neighborhood.

Along with the book delivery, both parents and kids got to sit in on a story time reading accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate.

Books on Bikes members says it's important to get everyone excited about reading.

"Some kids don't have books at home and so it's really important to keep them engaged in reading," said Books on Bikes member Stacy Diaz. "Kids love to read, so just to allow them to choose their own book, that they might be interested in and have something to read over break, is great for them."

The group also held a coat drive where kids and family members were able to grab a few warm jackets and blankets if they had a need.

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