The Marquette-Alger Reading Council announces the beginning of the annual Gift of Reading project. The public is asked to donate NEW books which will be given to needy families and adults throughout the year. We also distribute books to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes including the Veteran's Center, Beacon House, the Women's Center, and many other locations. New books may be dropped off at collection boxes at the Peter White Library and Snowbound Books in Marquette as well as at schools and school libraries in the two county area. The last day for donations is December 8th. Contributions can be made at any time of the year by writing a check to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette MI 49855. Call 226-7030 for further information.