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Advocate Good Shepherd, A to Z Literacy Movement plan event

BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is partnering with A to Z Literacy Movement to provide children’s books to local schools.

To get a picture taken with Santa, bring a new or gently used book to a special event, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Route 22, Barrington.

Santa will arrive via a Barrington firetruck at 6:15 p.m. At 6:45 p.m., a local firefighter will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The event also will feature refreshments and holiday music.

A to Z Literacy Movement partners with other nonprofit organizations to provide children books, teacher professional development, assistance with teacher salaries and school lunches. The group accepts new or gently used children’s books to stock shelves at focus schools and orphanages.

The group believes in promoting the love of literacy by enriching children’s lives with literature early in their schooling. A to Z Literacy Movement has shipped more than 8,000 books to children in Zambia, Africa. It also has sent books to Peace Corps volunteers getting schools up and running in Africa and Dominican Republic.

For information about A to Z Literacy Movement, contact Mal Keenan at 815-382-5695 or email


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