Salem State Preschool collects and donates 400 children's books

Salem State Preschool children with books

The Salem State University Preschool’s annual book drive, held February 13-17, this year doubled the number of books collected last year to benefit the Lynn Community Health Center’s Reach Out and Read Program.

With 400 books donated over the one-week period this year, it is the preschool’s most successful book drive ever. Preschool families donated new and gently used books for children aged six months through 10 years old. Because the book drive supports early literacy, parents were invited to read many of the donated books to the children during the preschool’s daily story time, something the children especially enjoyed. Also contributing were members of the Salem State community; collection bins were placed in several campus locations, including the library, the School of Social Work, the student government office, and the School of Education.

The recent book drive was the third event in the Salem State University Preschool’s ongoing civic engagement efforts, following a November food drive to benefit the Salem Food Pantry and a winter hat and mitten drive in December to benefit Healing Abuse, Working for Change (HAWC). 

Salem State’s preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It follows a Reggio-based curriculum that focuses on project work and documentation and on developing social competency skills. For more information about the Salem State University Preschool, visit

Photo caption: Students in Salem State University’s preschool gather with some of the 400 books they collected in February.