Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Holds Book Drive 

Parents and kids in Bangor were treated to free ice cream while listening to special guest readers today.

Children’s author Mark Scott Ricketts read and signed copies of his new book “adventures in Vacationland.”

Bangor City Council Chair Ben Sprague was on hand for a read-aloud as well.

The event at the Briar Patch Bookstore was the culmination of a book drive by Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.

The goal–to collect new and gently used children’s books to use in family literacy programs.

“People don’t realize the number of adults in our community–up to one quarter of adults struggle with reading and with literacy, and so when those adults become parents it’s just so important to break that cycle of low literacy by having books in the home and encouraging reading as part of the family,” said Meredith Eaton, Service Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.

“Yeah, it’s a great cause. It’s good. Reading is really important for the youth so I think it’s a great idea. The sooner they read, the better they are and hopefully the more they like it,” said Samantha Robertson of Bangor.

Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck was there, offering free frozen treats.