Grab a good read and help the Literacy Volunteers Saturday

On Saturday, 21 East Bookstore at the corner of E. Second and Washington streets will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paperbacks are 50 cents, hardcovers are $1 and children’s books and media are 25 cents each. Some books are specially priced.

All proceeds benefit the Chautauqua County Literacy Volunteers, a group of dedicated individuals who devote their time to increasing the reading abilities of area residents.

According to the Literacy Volunteers’ website, “12 percent of the population of Chautauqua County over the age of 16 is functionally illiterate. In Dunkirk, 33 percent of residents ages 18-24 do not have a high school diploma or GED. In Dunkirk, one out of five families does not speak English at home.

While drop-out rates have decreased nationally, they have risen in Chautauqua County. This means that the work of the Literacy Volunteers is more necessary than ever before. Come browse the store, take home some bargains and help the Literacy Volunteers continue to improve the lives of Chautauqua County residents.

The Literacy Volunteers’ bookstore, 21 East, holds normal business hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. There are several ways to help this worthy organization. Shop at their bookstore, volunteer to work there, donate gently-used books, recycle paper by bringing it to the receptacle in their parking lot, or become a Literacy Volunteer.

For more information, go to their website at www.lvoccread.org or stop in at the bookstore.