HPC Credit Union in Alpena started an initiative during March, which is reading month, to put books into elementary school libraries throughout the northeast Michigan area.
The credit union discovered that there was a need for new books in elementary schools and worked together with Alpena Public Schools and the Alpena County Library to purchase and distribute over 230 new books to eight different elementary schools.
Those schools include Besser, Ella White, Mio AuSable, Hinks, Lincoln, Wilson, Sanborn, and Surline Elementary. HPC staff also visited these different schools and read to students as guest readers.
“I think they needed new books, from what I heard from all the librarians,” said HPC Credit Union Marketing Coordinator Ellie Kindt. “A lot of them were from when I went to elementary school which was a long time ago, so it was nice to bring books that were you know, like, two years or newer.”
The credit union is hoping this will motivate kids to want to read more.
“Maybe they’ll find a book on the shelf that they’ve been wanting to read, but couldn’t get their hands on,” said Kindt. “So I’m hoping bringing newer books to the libraries will help kind of motivate them to want to read more and get them excited about reading.”