Read to Know has just received 2,000+ new books from Barnes & Noble as part of their Holiday Book Drive. This donation is great news and was totally unexpected! We were able to pick up the books thanks to St Paul’s Community Development Corporation that used its food pantry van and AmeriCorps workers to transport the books to our office. Our thanks to Barnes & Noble and SPCDC.
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Fall BookFest! Best Ever
Read to Know held its fall BookFest! at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack on Saturday, November 15th. Well before the announced opening time of 11 a.m., there were children and parents waiting in the hall outside the auditorium. As they entered, each child was given a new Read to Know book bag and helped to find just the right books by enthusiastic volunteers. “It was clear that we reached the right audience,” said director Lolly Burgin. After they chose their books, the children had the chance to decorate bookmarks of their own under the supervision of Jennifer Fiore. Carol Ann Mathes was busy snapping pictures. None of this could have happened without the help of the dedicated volunteers and the cooperation of the library staff.
Here are the people who made it work:
Friday setup: Mary Lee Cimenelli, Susan and Gunnar Mengers, and Dominic and Frank Cimenelli.
Saturday volunteers: Yris Menual, Zack Weisser, Dottie and Sheridan Ogden, Annette Jacobs, Jennifer Fiore, Norma Levy, Phyllis Schneiderman, Linda Greenberg, Lucy Maggiore, Yvette Smallwood, Deirdre Pauldo, Carol Ann Mathes, and Lolly Burgin.