Mat-Su Head Start children just got a big boost to their library. The UPS Store selected CCS Early Learning to receive $10,000 worth of free books.

“This is where you have to begin teaching children to love books,” said UPS Store president Tim Davis.

The Wasilla nonprofit was one of 10 from across the country chosen for the donation from the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. Executive director Mark Lackey said the organization received about 8,000 books.

CCS Early Learning provides education for students from low-income and transitional housing families.

“Some of these families might not have as many books in the home as we'd like them to have. So this grant allows us to send books home with families, gives them an opportunity to have things to read in their home so it's a huge thing for our community,” Lackey said.

Literary favorite Clifford the Big Red Dog also made an appearance to hand out gift bags with pencils and books.

Five-year-old Aurora Slather gave the donation a “thumbs up.”

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