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Indian Education Program to benefit from donation of hundreds of children's books

FARGO — Representatives from a national nonprofit will be here this week — along with hundreds of books — to donate a large library to the Indian Education Program of Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools.

The local program, which advocates for Native American students' academic success and provides cultural opportunities for students and their families, is one of only two across the country selected to benefit from this year's Books for Readers. It's an annual effort now in its second year by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to collect and donate new books created by its members to a worthy recipient.

The other recipient this year is the Literacy Alliance in Oviedo, Fla.

As part of the selection, SCBWI officials and members will be here Monday evening, Oct. 8, during an Indigenous People's Day powwow and celebration taking place between 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Agassiz building, 1305 Ninth Ave. S., Fargo.

The SCBWI says hundreds of books collected through its member drive will be donated to the Indian Education Program, and one book will be given to each child in attendance during the Monday event.