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Mar 11, 2019

Xcel Energy Center and Live Nation Host Book Drive Inspired by Michelle Obama

To celebrate Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama coming to Saint Paul on March 13, Xcel Energy Center and Live Nation are hosting a Book Drive in honor of Mrs. Obama's commitment to education. Donations will be given to Saint Paul Public Schools, including Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School, for use in libraries and classrooms and as giveaways to students to supplement home reading materials. 

The public will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used books beginning Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. until the start of the show at 8 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance to Xcel Energy Center (Gate 1 off of Kellogg Blvd.). Xcel Energy Center staff will also be hosting their own internal donation drive beginning today as well.

Donations will be set up backstage so that Mrs. Obama can see the impact she is making here locally in the community. 

Donation guidelines and suggestions:

  • Recent copyright (2012 or newer) nonfiction books suitable for children ages 4-12 on high interest topics like animals, cars, planets, space exploration and sports.
  • Popular series children's fiction titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Magic Tree House and Lightning Thief.
  • Children's perennial favorites such as Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie) and Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo) books.
  • Recent copyright (2012 or newer) picture books that feature contemporary children of color.