For the eighth consecutive year, Deseret Book is sponsoring the "Month of a Thousand Books" donation program.

The program is a statewide effort to make more books available to children through school libraries.Now through April 30, Utah locations of Deseret Book will extend a 25 percent discount on the retail price of any book purchased for donation to a Utah school library.

A bookplate with the donor's name or a name of the donor's choice will be inserted into the selected book and the gift books will be added to the books already being donated to the school by Deseret Book Co. Each Deseret Book re-tail store is working directly with the elementary schools in their area.

Organizers hope 1,000 new books will be donated to schools during April, which will be matched by Deseret Book.

The effort is supported by the likes of Utah first lady Jacalyn Leavitt. "The education needs of our state are great and our budgets and other resources are limited," she said. "The key to filling the gap between the two is to develop smart and creative solutions that will position us for greater success in the future."

"The Month of a Thousand Books" marks the beginning of the Hook-a-Book program sponsored by Deseret Book, the Utah State Office of Education, the Deseret News and KSL Television and Radio. The program also includes the annual "Day of a Thousand Books" Read-A-Thon on Saturday, April 18, and Hook-A-Book Summer Reading Program at Deseret Book.