Barnes & Noble Deerbrook customers donate to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital book program
HUMBLE, TEXAS (May01,
The Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Book Buster program received
more than 3,600 books from generous shoppers at Barnes & Noble Deerbrook,
who purchased and donated children’s books for the store’s Ninth Annual Holiday
Book Drive. The book drive ran from last November through Dec. 24, 2014.
Book Busters is a hospital-based literacy program organized
by Memorial Hermann Northeast volunteers that began in 2004. The books are used
in the program in two different ways, according to Janie Dampier, Memorial
Hermann Northeast volunteer and chair of the Book Buster Committee.
“Young patients and visitors can choose one of these new
books to read when they arrive at Memorial Hermann Northeast and then to take
home with them when they leave,” Dampier said.
“We also take the books to students at River Pines and Jack
Fields elementary schools in the Humble Independent School District where our
volunteers read to the students and the students also have the opportunity to
read to a therapy dog brought by one of our volunteers. The dog is trained to
sit while students read to it.”
A 2011 study by Tufts University found that children who
read to dogs experienced a gain in reading ability and an improvement in
attitude toward reading.
Larry Williams, the community business development manager
for Barnes & Noble Deerbrook thinks the total books donated during the most
recent drive could actually top 4,000.
“I’m certain that our customers donated even more books
because many of our generous customers donate a box of books, which includes 10
books but is only counted as one unit,” Williams said.
While the tally of books donated from the drive has yet to
be finalized, Barnes & Noble Deerbrook customers have already helped the
store earn the “Top Seller Award” in its district and rank among the best
Barnes & Noble holiday book drives nationwide.
“We had the most
donations out of 11 stores in our district,” Williams said. “Out of more than 600
Barnes & Noble stores in the United States, we ranked 16th in