WILLIAMSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - A new reading and tutoring center in Williamsburg is hoping to boost literacy.
Friday, the grand opening of Books to Kids Reading and Tutoring Center was held in hopes of providing kids in the area with a free way to have books in their home.
"I've always loved children, and I love this community, and I want to see people in these communities succeed and advance," said Marian Collette who is the director of the center.
The center is open to the public, but the idea stemmed in part from juvenile drug court.
"A child had written me a note, and I could not read one word. It was just a bunch of letters, and that's when it really came to my attention," District Judge Cathy Prewitt who serves Whitley and McCreary Counties.
Judge Prewitt works to help kids in juvenile drug court make a better life.
"Without reading what chance is there going anywhere. They will never get through high school, or college, even vocational school. It's really the center of everything," said Judge Prewitt.
With the help of Books to Kids, Prewitt can ensure those kids not only get the books they need, but also tutoring.
"Can you imagine sitting in school, and they give you a social studies book and it looks like garbage on a page? They don't know what's in there, so we are starting from scratch with the alphabet," said Collette.
The center is open to everyone who wants to come and get free books.
Most of the books are donated or found at thrift stores, so you can help by donating children's books.
The center is open Monday to Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.