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Kaplan University in Davenport has completed service projects throughout the years and this month there will be a book drive to benefit readers of all ages.

The book drive for new, and gently-used books is Oct. 23-27. Books will be collected at the entrance of the school located in the shopping center at 1801 East Kimberly Road, Davenport.

Collection times are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

"Kaplan has participated in service projects for several years," Kaplan spokeswoman Angie Bowers said. Bowers has been with the company since it was an American Institute of Commerce (AIC) location in Davenport.

"Each year, we look for a place to volunteer," she said, citing locations such as animal shelters and daycare centers and activities such as park cleanups.

This year, Kaplan University, which is in the process of being acquired by Purdue University, decided on the book drive to benefit two agencies: Little Free Library and Reach Out and Read.

People at Kaplan in Davenport are fired up about the book drive, Bowers said.

"They are quite excited, and the book drive is easy to participate in. Most people have books around, and items to donate," she said.

Books appropriate for any age will be accepted. The Reach Out and Read organization in Iowa is located in Johnston, and it caters to youngsters, up to five years old. One key partner is the Iowa chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Little Free Libraries are for all ages. The Little Free Libraries organization sent the university a list of locations, Bowers said. The books will placed in those spots after the drive ends on Oct. 27.

Little Free Library locations are typically situated on a post and look like a large decorated bird house with glass on the front side. The idea is to borrow a book and donate a book in its place.

Bowers plans to box up and send the children's books to the Reach Out and Read organization.

"Come in with your books and drop them at the front desk, right in front of the door," Bowers said. "I think the participation levels will be quite high."

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