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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA and the United Way are teaming up and starting Monday they’re looking for used books in decent condition and they are hoping the public will help.

SEPTA’s Jerri Williams says the goal is to collect new and gently used books:

“They are going to be distributed to community centers, homeless shelters and schools throughout the region.”

Where can people drop off the books?

“We have 11 locations; two include Suburban Station and Market East – SEPTA Headquarters. We have all the major hubs Fern Rock, 69th Street, and the Frankford Transportation Center. We’ll have flyers and handouts to let people know where they can drop the books off.”

Williams says encouraging young people to read is important:

“It really is the key to learning. If a kid knows how to read and enjoys reading, they do well in school. That’s a known fact.”

Books will be collected until Friday October 29th.

For more information about drop off locations and contact information, go to http://www.septa.org/events/book.html.

Reported By Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio

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