NILES - FIRST Book Trumbull County has partnered with the Warren City Schools' summer lunch program to provide books for children in Warren and Niles.
Ellen Finan of FIRST Book said it is important to get books to children over the summer when they stop absorbing new material.
"By providing access to books, FIRST Book hopes to stop summer learning loss. Studies have shown some students lose as much as two months of reading achievement over the summer. We want to continue reading skills through the summer," Finan said.
The Niles Times / Bob Coupland
Carmel Rinaldi, a volunteer with FIRST Book Trumbull County, left, hands a free book to Devin Richards, 8, during the recent book distribution for children held at the Royal Mall in Niles.
Finan and six other volunteers visited six sites in Warren and Niles to provide a new free book to children who get a free lunch provided by the Warren City Schools summer lunch program.
Books were handed out at Stonegate Apartments and Packard Park in Warren and Royal Mall in Niles.
Finan said the volunteers helped each child select an age-appropriate book and then personalize it with a nameplate.
The books are provided by First Book National Book Bank through donations from book publishers.
The reading material included picture books for young children and novels for older teens. The variety included popular titles from Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.
Finan said money for the books come from fundraising efforts, such as the annual Edible Book event, where participants create scenes from books out of edible ingredients, as well as grants and donations.