Published: Jan 31, 2011 8:44 PM EST
Updated: Jan 31, 2011 5:44 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla - As part of K is for Kids’ month-long celebration of reading and literacy, residents and visitors are invited to drop off new or gentle used hard cover books at several Collier County locations between February 1 through 28.

K is for Kids, a non-profit organization committed raising awareness of the need for children to have more books and ensuring that children have access to books in and out of school libraries, will distribute the donated books to public school libraries, day care centers and afterschool programs with the greatest need.

“Even with today’s emphasis on technology, children still love to hold a book and be immersed in a good story,” said Founder and Executive Director Karen Clawson. “We know the need for books is great since we have seen a 100% increase in the number of grant applications for books and donations this year.

Drop off locations include:

Starbucks Coffee                                 Throughout Collier County

Silverspot Cinema at Mercato            9118 Strada Place, Suite 8205

Reed Orthodontics                              2550 Northbrooke Plaza Drive

Salon C International                          4081  Tamiami Trail, North, Suite 102  

Naples Mon”key” Bread                     491 5th Avenue South

A link to locations is available at

Theater-goers who bring a book to Silverspot Cinemas during the month of February will be rewarded with FREE popcorn (limit one order per donation).

“Our annual book drive is an easy way for book lovers everywhere to make a difference in the lives of children,” added Clawson. “We encourage them to donate a book or make a monetary donation for the purchase of books and pass along their love of reading to kids.”