MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers plans to give away 40,000 books to needy children and schools in the metro area next month – but they need help getting the word out.

The books will be made available to families on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandburg Learning Center at 2400 Sandburg Lane, Golden Valley.

“This is tremendous opportunity to get books into the hands of kids and families in Robbinsdale and the surrounding area,” Peter Eckhoff, president of the Robbindsale Federation of Teachers, said. “But we need more families to make plans to come out and pick up some books.”

On Friday, June 3, books will be distributed to educators who need books for their classrooms.

“There’s a documented connection between the number of books in a child’s home and that child’s educational attainment. There’s also research showing cost is the biggest barrier to book ownership,” Eckhoff said. “This program solves both problems – free books for children to read over the summer.”

The nonprofit First Book will be providing the books. The group has distributed more than 145 million books and educational resources to schools and programs for the needy throughout the United States and Canada. Donations can be made to the nonprofit here.