The Gift of Reading Given in Bangor 

The gift of a good book was given to children Monday at Bangor’s Park Woods transitional housing.It was part of Park Woods’ annual holiday celebration.The books were donated by Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. The group teamed with Borders Books on a book drive earlier this year.About 1,300 books were collected during the drive. Mary Lyons, executive director of the Literacy Volunteers of Bangor says about 25% of Maine’s population struggles with literacy. “Literacy I think is at the root of so many issues including poverty. I think about 43 percent of those who live in poverty have low literacy. So, if we’re serious about looking at the issue of poverty and helping people become more self-sufficient, I think we need to look at education and literacy is at the root of that.”About 100 children live in Park Woods.Each child was given another gift in addition to a book.The other presents were donated by the city of Bangor.The money was raised during dress down days: when city employees pay to dress casually on the job.