Barnes & Noble Deerbrook kicked off its ninth annual Holiday Book Drive by encouraging customers to buy a book for the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Volunteer "Book Busters" program.

Book Busters is a hospital-based literacy program organized by the Memorial Hermann Northeast Volunteers in 2004. Young patients and visitors are given a new book of their choice to read while in the hospital and then take home.

Memorial Hermann Northeast Volunteers also use the Barnes & Noble-donated books in a literacy program at River Pines and Jack Fields elementary schools in Humble. Last year, Barnes & Noble Deerbrook customers donated 5,000 children's books to the book drive. Volunteer Janie Dampier of Kingwood is chair of the program. Michele Wolf is president of the Memorial Hermann Northeast Volunteers. The program will continue through Christmas Eve.

(Photo:) Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Volunteers joined executives from Barnes & Noble recently to kick off the ninth annual Holiday Book Drive and encourage customers to purchase a book during the holidays for "Book Busters." Volunteers seated, from left are: Alison Olson, Frances Herring, Peggy Alcorn, Janie Dampier and Nancy Allen, manager of volunteer services. Standing, from left are: Kevin Boney, Barnes & Noble Deerbrook assistant manager; Volunteer Bob Herring; Larry Williams, community business development manager; Mike Usry, district manager; Kevin Prejean, store manager; and Volunteer Hap Hartley.

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