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Madison Reading Project and Overture Center partner to hold book drive in conjunction with “The Rainbow Fish” production


The Overture Center will feature a new special installment for the upcoming week with donation bins to be set up in partnership with Madison Reading Project for a book drive that will last from today until Jan. 20. The last day, Jan. 20, will also see the Overture Center’s production of “The Rainbow Fish” held in the Capitol Theater room at the Overture at 3 p.m. 

“I remember reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’ with my daughters when they were younger and the joy they experienced from this beautiful story,” said Shari Gasper, Overture’s communications director, in a release. “Partnering with Madison Reading Project gives us an opportunity to promote literacy, provide access to books and, ultimately, share the joys of reading with children throughout our community.”

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will be bringing the adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s story to the stage along with two companion tales by Pfister, “Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea” and “Opposites.” The stories all come together to weave tales of courage, friendship, sharing, and belonging as the loved children’s book comes to life, and keeping the passion for stories alive is certainly one of the many great reasons to donate. 

“We want to shine a light on our amazing community and encourage people to not only help us collect books bought locally, but also support local businesses when they visit our bins,” Ann Christianson, Book Drive coordinator, said in a release. “To make it easy to donate books, you can purchase from our wish list via our website or through local bookstores.”

Madison Reading Project’s dedication to connecting the community with free books, literacy enrichment programs, and a love for reading can be helped through donations of brand-new kid’s books to Overture donation bins. Local bookstores such as Lake City Books, Mystery To Me, Leopold’s Books Bar Caffe, and Kismet can help with finding the right donation to make. 

Purchase from the Madison Reading Project wishlist here, or visit their website to learn more.