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Library collects books for holidays

The Hammond Public Library is one of the drop off locations for this year's book drive. All books collected will be donated to the Holiday Angels Organization.

The Hammond Library hopes residents will "foster childens' love of reading" by donating new or gently used books for distribution to families in need this holiday season.

All donated books will go to the Holiday Angels Organization and will be included in the holiday gift packages given to families in need of assistance.

Hammond Library Director Michelle Johnson credits Tonya Schmitt, of Earth and Sky Living, for coming up with idea of having a holiday book drive.

Johnson said although they never set a goal for the number of books they hope to collect, she would love to see at least 50 to 75 books donated to local kids this Christmas.

Johnson is not sure on the exact number of books donated since the drive started around Thanksgiving, but guesses the library has received around 25 books so far.

Johnson is thankful for those residents who have already donated to the drive and said, "We couldn't do it without their help and support."

Drop off locations

• The Hammond Library during regular business hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

• At the free Holiday Spirit Yoga at Baldwin Area Medical Center on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

• At the Santa and reindeer event at Heritage Court Assisted Living on Dec. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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