Bruce Larkin, the owner of Wilbooks amd publishe author of over 800 early children’s books, including the pupular larkin’s Little Readers Series ,recently donated 12,000 books
to the Pinellas Education Foundation, which in turn donated the books to girlfriends of Pinellas. Wilbooks was started with the belief that all children deserve access to quality
books. One of Bruce Larkin’s goals is to encourage and support early literacy efforts. In keeping with that mission, this donation will benefit students at each Title One Elementary
School in Pinellas County as well as all elementary schools with Girlfriends of Pinellas groups. School Board Member and Girlfriends of Pinellas founder Mary Brown was
instrumental in organizing the distribution of books to benefit the maximum number of children.
Groups of Girlfriends members are reading books to first and second graders at elementary schools across the district, while Bayside High students will read donated books to High
Point elementary students. The Girlfriends also shared the books with the eight family shelters that serve Pinellas County as well as Coordinated Child Care, which received 1,000
books. Additionally, 200 books were delivered by Girlfriends to all Children’s Hospital, and another 200 were distributed at a Magnet Fair held January 9, 2010.