Donation fights illiteracy across UP with free books


March 16, 2018

Larry Holcombe/Daily Globe

BOOKS DONATED by the Molina Foundation, of California, were given out with chairs that were auctioned off at the Gogebic County Fair in Ironwood last August. More than 14,000 books were distributed throughout the U.P. from the foundation's donation.


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IRONWOOD - The Michigan State University Gogebic County Extension office still has books left over from a $103,660 gift last year from a nonprofit southern California charity.

The Molina Foundation recapped the award this week after most of the books had already been distributed across the Upper Peninsula.

Erin Ross, of the MSU-Extension Bessemer office, said her small staff carried out distribution of the books at U.P.-wide events such as the Gogebic County Fair. She is MSU's youth coordinator for the U.P.

Called "Book Buddies Across Michigan," Ro...

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