MCC’s Facilities Services warehouse near 18th Street and Prospect Avenue was abuzz recently, with more than half a million children’s books flying in and out.
First Book, an organization based in Washington, chose Kansas City as a national distribution center for the 570,000 books from publisher Random House. More than half — about 300,000 — will be given to low-income children in the Kansas City area, handed out by schools, parent educators and nonprofit groups.
As The Kansas City Star reported, the books include almost 100 titles for young readers up to age 18.
Volunteers coordinated by Turn the Page Kansas City worked in shifts to get the books to where they’re needed.
The operation was described as the largest-ever distribution of books in the Kansas City area.