PALM DESERT, Calif. -

The United Way is hosting a community day of action all across the country today. In the Valley, the action is all about reading. 

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday people are encouraged to donated books at the Palm Desert Barnes and Noble. 

Over 60 percent of low income families in the Desert have no books at home, making it even harder for kids to learn to read. 

United Way says today's donations not only will help a child learn to read, but ultimately better their future. 

 "Kids that can read by grade three are four times more likely to graduate from high school and 77 percent more likely to not live in poverty once they graduate high school," said United Way of the Desert executive director Kristal Granados.

The books will go to kids enrolled in summer reading programs with the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City and Family YMCA of the Desert.  

After Saturday's event is over, you can donate books all year long at the United Way of the Desert.