CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Public Broadcasting has joined the Gazette's Happy Valentine's Children's Book Drive.The newest partner invites the public to drop off donations of children's books in good condition at any of its three studios around the state during business hours:- 600 Capitol St., Charleston.- 124 Industrial Park Drive, Beaver.- 191 Scott Ave., Morgantown."Our mission is to tell West Virginia's story," said Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn. "What better way to do that than by helping bring books to West Virginia children who need them?"Public Broadcasting joins other partners -- the Kanawha County Public Library, which is collecting books at all of its open branches, and the Putnam County Library, collecting donations at the main branch, 4219 W.Va. 34, Hurricane.
Donations are also accepted in the Gazette's lobby at 1001 Virginia St. E.Children's Home Society of West Virginia and Read Aloud West Virginia will distribute books to children around the state.Even in the midst of a water crisis, with many schools and businesses closed and routines interrupted, Gazette readers responded to the book drive right away. Several large boxes of donations arrived throughout the first week.Helping children learn to read is the inspiration for many of Public Broadcasting's children's shows.Several shows are based on book characters or have accompanying books, including "Arthur," "Clifford The Big Red Dog," "Martha Speaks," "Curious George," "The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!," "Super Why!" and "Angelina Ballerina."Reach Dawn Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5117.