The Mayflower Bookcase Project’s inaugural Bookcase Literacy Banquet is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Mayflower High School Cafeteria.

The project, which provides oak bookcases with starter libraries to area children who are from low income families, is an offshoot of the Conway Bookcase Project, founded by Jim Davidson.

The Conway project is in its fifth year, and each year a portion of funds raised from the Conway banquet and donations is dedicated as starter money for another community’s project.

Similar projects are found now in nine communities in five states.

Mayflower’s committee will provide 40 bookcases to children in its first year.

Friday’s event keynote speaker is the Conway project founder, Davidson.

Davidson, a Conway resident, is a syndicated columnist and author of "Learning, Earning and Giving Back."

He is an active member of the Conway Noon Lions Club and a past president. He is a recipient of Conway Public Schools’ Distinguished Service Award, and a recipient of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Neighbor Award.

Attendees of the banquet will receive a copy of Davidson’s book.

The event is open to the public, and tickets are $15.95. Dinner of barbecue and sides will be served.

Tickets are available at the door of the event.

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