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USPS will quit shredding children's books

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - One of Tennessee's senators is stepping in to stop the U.S. Postal Service from shredding thousands of books donated to the Books from Birth Program.

The program sends books to children across the state of Tennessee. But in February, Action News 5 learned USPS was shredding books because it can no longer afford to hang onto books that get returned due to a change of addresses.

Senator Lamar Alexander met with people from the Postmaster General's Office last week.

According to Peter Abell, executive director of Shelby County's Books from Birth program, the senator convinced the postmaster to again allow volunteers to pick up the books at a cost of $2 per book.

In Shelby County, that is about 1,000 books each month costing about $2,000.

Rather than the books being sent back to Knoxville where they originated, the returned books will stay in Memphis so volunteers can pick up and redistribute them in our area.

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