Olivia? Chronicles of Narnia, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid? No matter what your favourite children’s book, buy, or bring a gently used copy, to Health Minister Deb Matthews office and you can share it with a child who might not otherwise have a chance to discover your memorable childhood read. For the seventh year running Health Minister Deb Matthews children’s book drive is in full swing. This is a local literacy initative that Londoners support wholeheartedly every year. This year, like last year, I will take my children with me and encourage them to donate a new book to the collection growing larger at various drop off locations around town. Minister Matthews New Year’s Community Drop In takes place Sunday at Windermere Manor and those who attend are again being asked to bring a new book for a child under the age of 14. The book drive is always very successful. Those who are not able to drop books off to the community drop in can drop them off instead at the constituency office 242 Picadilly Street, London. Literacy and poverty are so intertwined, that this is a simple common sense way to help address both issues while making a lasting impression on future generations. The book drive ends Feb. 4th. The books are redistributed all over Ontario, to elementary school aged children in need. Some will go to women’s shelters, non profits and various other organizations. This month I am featuring healthy resolutions on thriftymommastips and, even if you don’t make good on any of your other resolutions this year, this is a simple one you can keep.