Local organizations to hand out free books, free ice cream

Children choose books from the bookmobile collection.
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Children choose books from the bookmobile collection.
Children listen as an adult reads a story.
Literacy Volunteers of Maine
Children listen as an adult reads a story.
Posted July 30, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Literacy Volunteers of Bangor & Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause are partnering for a sweet cause — to bring the love of reading, along with a sweet treat, to children and families in the area.

Over several days, the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause ice cream truck will be transformed into an ice cream truck and bookmobile, and will be making stops in local communities to hand out free books and free ice cream. More than 1,000 new and gently used children’s books were collected through recent drives at Darling’s locations and The Briar Patch bookstore.

Through this program, coordinated by Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, any child, parent or grandparent can visit

the bookmobile at any stop and choose one or more books to keep and enjoy a free ice cream. The truck will be

making multiple stops in several greater Bangor area communities over several days:

— Wednesday, July 30th, noon-2 p.m.: Old Town and Bradley area communities, including Meadow

Lane, Karen Circle, Bradley, and local parks;

— Tuesday, Aug. 5, noon-1:30 p.m.: Bangor Housing Authority Community Center in Bangor;

— Tuesday, Aug. 12, noon-2 p.m.: Old Town and Alton area communities, including Anderson

Lane, Penny Lane, University Park, and local parks;

— Wednesday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Smith Elementary School in Winterport.

— Tuesday, Aug. 19, noon-1:30 p.m. at 2nd Street Park and Griffin Park in Bangor.

“I remember participating in similar events when I was little, where someone came to read to us and gave us free

books, and it always stuck with me. When Literacy Volunteers talked to us about partnering with them, it was a

natural fit for us to get involved,” said Gary Bellefleur, Ice Cream Ambassador with Darling’s Ice Cream for a

Cause, in a press release.

“When parents struggle with their own reading skills, it can affect their children’s’ critical literacy development at

a young age. Although we serve adults, we want to do it in the context of the whole family, and that means

getting books into the hands of everyone in the home,” said Meredith Eaton, Service Coordinator at Literacy

Volunteers of Bangor. “This Bookmobile partnership with Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause allows us to do just

that.”

For more information on the Bookmobile program, call Literacy Volunteers of Bangor at 207-947-8451 or visit

email mereditheaton@lvbangor.org. For more information on the Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause program, visit

www.icecreamforacause.com or email icecream@darlings.com

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