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  • Welcome to Read To Know!

    Read To Know is an all-volunteer project designed to bring books to and provide volunteer readers for young children in Bergen and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. Our major target group is pre-school children in and around Paterson, Hackensack, Englewood, Passaic, and Teaneck.

    Recent Donations:

    Our thanks to the following donors who have made our work possible:

    Sebastian Dial

    4-H Clubs of Mahwah

    Girl Scout Troop 2103 Mahwah

    Coleman and Central Schools, Glen Rock

    Friends of the Glen Rock Library

    Gerie Mulhern

    Christ Episcopal Church, Ridgewood.

    Your donations enable us to distribute books to young children in food pantry and clinic waiting rooms.

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    We also need to raise money
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    Current Activities

    BookFest! Spring 2014
    In spite of cool rainy weather, many children and their parents turned out for Read to Know’s eighth spring BookFest! at the Paterson Free Public Library—190 people in all. By the end of the day, attendees had taken home 1,650 books! Volunteers from Read to Know and the Paterson Girl Scouts helped children and their parents find just the right books. The crafts table, supervised by Christine Hickey, was a major hit as children busily colored and pasted.

    It takes the efforts of many people to run a BookFest!. This year’s event was no exception. Our thanks to the Friday setup crew: Chris Schultze, Chris Laldee, Marc-Damon Smith and a dozen Great Falls YouthBuild participants, Jennifer Tsonas, and Lolly Burgin.

    By Saturday morning at 11:00, there was a line of children and parents at the entrance. They came in, all smiles, and eagerly picked out their books, filling bags donated by Kings Supermarket. After selecting books, many of the children participated in the crafts activities. By a little after 1:00, most of the books were gone and at the end there was just one small carton.

    Thanks to Sean Hickey’s persistent efforts, the Record sent a reporter and a photographer. A reporter also arrived from the Paterson Press, an online newspaper. Sean also took numerous pictures which are in the photo gallery. In addition, Carol Ann Mathes was running a video camera until it became too crowded and noisy.

    Our thanks to all; we couldn’t have done it without you!

    We would like to thank:

    Read to Know volunteers: Ginny Bryan, Norma Levy, Joyce Agard-Jones, Linda Greenberg, Jennifer Tsonas, Linda Voorhis, Gabriel Voorhis-Allen, Mary Peragine, Carol Ann Mathes, Sean Hickey, Chris Schultze, Chris Laldee;

    Adrienne Fulcher and the Girl Scouts;

    Marc-Damon Smith and Great Falls YouthBuild participants;

    and finally, the staff of the Paterson Free Public Library. Their helpful and positive attitude make it a pleasure to be there!

    Read To Know would like to extend a big warm welcome to all of our new volunteers! We also have a new site for reading to children: the Right Start Early Learning Center in Teaneck. Many thanks to all our volunteers, new and ongoing--Read To Know couldn’t do without you!

    Some new opportunities are being made possible through a $5,000 grant Read to Know received from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation as part of our participation in Paterson Reads! This grant will allow us to develop and distribute materials aimed at helping both parents and children understand the value and enjoyment of books and reading in a young child’s life. We will keep you informed as this project unfolds.
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