Free book giveaway attracts hundreds

Rebekah Thompson, 10, searched for new reading material at the annual School District 51 Book Giveaway taking place at Pomona Elementary School through Friday.

The annual School District 51 Book Giveaway opened the doors at Pomona Elementary School Tuesday morning to a large crowd of scavengers.

“We’ve already seen at least 500 people,” said Juddah Raine, text book technician for School District 51. She said there were already people lining up outside the school at 7 a.m. for the 8 a.m. opening.

“It’s always just crazy like this,” said Earlynn Landini, library media technician for the Mesa County Library.

Nearly 100,000 books will be given away this week. Many are educational textbooks, dictionaries or other reference materials. There are also fictional novels, children’s storybooks and other teaching tools such as flashcards or charts. The books are outdated, damaged, or are just being replaced by new curriculum, Raine said.

“I just think this is a great resource for the community,” said Damon Lockhart who was searching for textbooks to be used in a local private school.

Raine said the giveaway was important not only to pass books purchased by tax dollars back into the community, but many home school parents used the books to teach at nontraditional sites.

Others, like 10-year-old Rebekah Thompson, came to satisfy an insatiable reading habit without breaking her parent’s bank account.

“It’s just a great program that gets books into the hands of kids,” Landini said.

The giveaway will be open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Friday, or as long as the supply of free books lasts.


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