Sharing the Magic of Reading
To Share the Magic of Reading,
Sayville High School Library Holds Book Drive
Lending a hand in the fight against the illiteracy epidemic in the area, Nancy Finnerty, Sayville High School Teacher-Librarian, enlisted the assistance of Sayville High School faculty and students in donating to a book drive she organized for a wonderful organization, The Book Fairies. The Book Fairies is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups.
“Teachers and students alike contributed to our Book Drive,” Ms. Finnerty said. “Knowing these books were going to the less-fortunate throughout Long Island was the added incentive behind those donating. Folks doing their ‘spring cleaning’ and helping a good cause, was a win-win for all!”
In response to the Sayville High School donations, The Book Fairies Founder/Executive Director Amy Zaslansky wrote a letter. “Thank you so much for donating a wonderful collection of books to The Book Fairies organization. We can’t wait to distribute the books to high-poverty school districts across Long Island and metropolitan New York.”
In her letter to Sayville, Ms. Zaslansky described how the distribution of these donated books at free book fairs would spread the magic of reading in so many ways: “Students and teachers alike are anxious to receive these wonderful books. The majority of the books are headed to the Hempstead School District. Currently, there is a lack of books in the classrooms, making it near impossible to fight the illiteracy epidemic in the area. The middle school books are headed to a free book fair at the Edmund W. Miles middle school in Amityville. This book fair is run two times a year and the students look forward to starting their own libraries at home. It’s so exciting to see the joy in the students’ eyes when they realize all of the books are free and they will have books in their house. The high school books are designated for Roosevelt High School’s free library cart program that is offered once a month and the adult books will be used to stock the free library at the Freeport train station. All of the preschool books are headed to Winthrop University Hospital’s Reach Out and Read program where every child who visits the clinic receives a free book.”
“We collected twenty-two boxes of books for donation—not bad!” Ms. Finnerty concluded with pride in the generosity of the Sayville High School community and looks forward to organizing another drive next year.