Bookstock 2018 Expects to Raise $2 Million for Local Literacy Projects

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Neal Rubin

Bookstock 2018 kicks off April 22 at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. It runs through April 29.

The annual event collects a huge number of used media sells them, and uses the proceeds to fund area literacy projects.

The sheer volume of items is impressive. And the event shines a light on the thirst for words and stories and the very idea of reading.

Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin, who co-chairs the event, joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about this year’s event.

We will have more than 300,000 books, DVDs, CDs, all of that stuff,” says Rubin, “which is kind of amazing.”

Rubin says he expects the event will raise more than $2 million for literacy programs. 

I love the notion that we’re selling books so that (programs) can help people learn to read in the first place or read better so that they can come get more books.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

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