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The West Linn community can donate requested titles and help stock up the elementary school library before the new year. 

Community members are invited to spread the love of reading to children by helping stock bookshelves at Cedaroak Park Primary School.

The literacy drive is the brainchild of the teacher librarian, Tara Perkins.

In the Cedaroak library, a question on the whiteboard asks students "What would you like to see in our library?" and "What are you reading now?" Perkins noticed how many book requests were flowing in from the students, and launched the Library Giving Tree to feed students' literary desires. She also hopes students will feel heard if they're allowed to curate their preferred genres and titles.

"All in all, this is really about giving the students a voice and a choice. Also (it's about) making sure that they have things that they actually want to read in our library," Perkins said.

Interested community members are asked to purchase books via the school's Amazon account, which has a curated list of titles chosen by students. Once purchased, the books are sent to the library.

The requests range from graphic novels to nonfiction books, and Perkins is constantly adding to the list as students ask for new titles. A portion of the proceeds goes towards the Cedaroak Parent-Teacher Association to help with its activities and funding.

The Amazon list can be found on the school's website.

Perkins said the West Linn community has shown considerable support already, and she hopes the school can ring in the new year with a packed library.

"Our community has been so generous. I can't believe the support that we've had. We have received such a wide variety of brand new books that are already in kids' hands and it warms my heart," she said.

The drive ends Dec. 31, but Perkins hopes to make the giving tree an annual event.


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