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WKU PBS, PBS Kids, Overstock.com team to provide books

More than 100 children served by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green were treated to a visit from WKU mascot Big Red and a gift of three brand new books courtesy of WKU PBS, PBS Kids and Overstock.com.

The initiative is aimed at fostering the love of reading and the transition back to school after the summer break. Each of the nearly 130 children who utilize the Housing Authority’s after-school services, now own a copy of Biscuit; Danny and the Dinosaur; and Days with Frog and Toad for emerging and developing readers. Housing Authority Executive Director Abraham Williams called the book donation a chance to increase his student’s chances of reaching goals and expectations.

WKU PBS, local public television, is committed to providing free, readily available media resources that spark children’s curiosity to support learning and development. Director of WKU Public Broadcasting David Brinkley says a second book donation to Community Education of Bowling Green and Warren County will take place on Sept. 22 at T. C. Cherry Elementary School in Bowling Green. After-school programs from Bristow, Dishman-McGinnis, Lost River and Warren Elementary schools in Warren County will benefit from that book donation opportunity.

About WKU PBS: The Public Television Service of WKU’s mission is to enrich the communities it serves by providing distinctive programming content and services of the highest quality that enhance lives, expand perspectives and connect to one another. Education is at the root of service to the community through the station’s involvement in the PBS KIDS GO! Young Writers and Illustrators contest for kindergarten through third-graders to inclusion in the national PBS American Graduate initiative.

About PBS KIDS: PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook

About Overstock.com: Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) is an online retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that sells a broad range of products at low prices, including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing and jewelry. Worldstock.com is dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world whereas Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the U.S. by providing them a national customer base. Overstock has additional community-focused initiatives such as a Farmers Market and pet adoptions.  Forbes ranked Overstock in its list of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. Overstock sells internationally under the name O.co.  Overstock (http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co) regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

Contact: Barbara Deeb, (270) 745-4875, barbara.deeb@wku.edu; or David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140, david.brinkley@wku.edu

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