‘So powerful for children’

Photo courtesy Goodwill SOLAC
Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC) is donating more than 50,000 children’s books to 16 Long Beach schools this month, according to the organization. The gently used books were originally contributed at Goodwill SOLAC donation centers. The total value of the books is estimated at $100,000, according to SOLAC. “Books are so powerful for children. So it’s crucial to expose them to a world of imagination, showing them that nothing is impossible in this world,” said Goodwill SOLAC President and CEO Janet McCarthy, who also noted that her brother’s recently published book reminded her how, as a child, she developed her love of culture and travel. “These books represent a wide range of children’s literature and reading levels– from preschool-age to primary school-age levels. We’re pleased to donate these books to the Long Beach Unified School District, which has been a terrific educational partner to our organization.”

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