BOOKS 4 EVERYONE

Helping out Bridgeport's Toys for Tots after toy theft

Lorrie Stapleton
Screen+Shot+2018-12-19+at+12.26.25+PM.jpg

So happy to provide Pastor Torres with 12 boxes of kids books today for their upcoming Toys for Tots event. Following the devastating theft of 1,000 toys this season, they have been so thankful for the amazing outpouring of love and gifts from the local communities. Children now may actually get 2-3 gifts!

Many thanks to our book donors, Darien Book Aid Plan, Greenwich recycling's Book Swap, and a very industrious group of 5 year olds in Christ Church Greenwich Nursery School's Connecting class who ran a children's book drive for us.

Read more about the story here and here

Introducing Bridgeport Learning Center

Lorrie Stapleton
IMG_0032.jpg


Really enjoyed meeting the staff at Bridgeport Learning Center when Julio and I dropped off some books last week. This PreK-12 school's mission is to provide a safe, caring, therapeutic environment where students with complex educational and social challenges can best develop the skills and character necessary to rejoin their communities with success. Bridgeport Learning Center provides comprehensive, integrated mental health services while offering high quality, rigorous educational services for their students. It also has some very fun staff members!

Park City Magnet School

Lorrie Stapleton
IMG_0038.jpg


Say hello to Lissette Valle, the Librarian at Bridgeport's Park City Magnet School, a K-8th grade intra-district magnet program with a focus on the study of science and technology. You can learn more about this impressive school at www.bpsapply.com/site319.php .

We were able to give her a wide assortment of fiction and non-fiction books for their library and classrooms. Many thanks to Greenwich Country Day SchoolDarien Book Aid Plan and the Greenwich Book Swap for the book donations.

Harry Potter Book Drive Update

Lorrie Stapleton
IMG_0198.jpg

Delivered 20 Harry Potter books and CDs to a very happy Officer John Maldonado at Multicultural Magnet School. We will continue to collect books for them as the kids will be reading them through May. One of his students jumped right in - let the reading begin!

Sometimes the stars are just aligned....

Lorrie Stapleton
Screen Shot 2018-11-11 at 1.24.34 PM.png

Greenwich Country Day School has a wonderful tradition. As part of the annual student book fair, parents donate their used kids books for needy children. GCDS graciously invited Books4Everyone last week to take away loads of lovely gently used elementary school books.

On the same day, we received a request from Westover School in Stamford. Due to a severe mold infestation, the school is being closed indefinitely for remediation and 800 children and teachers are moving to an old Pitney Bowes campus. All of their books and school supplies must be left behind and destroyed, meaning no books whatsoever in a library or classroom for the children.

Maria, their librarian assistant picked up many boxes of the excellent GCDS books from Books4Everyone.org that very night and will be sourcing more from us over the coming weeks as their needs become more clear.



Hannah and Matt sure know how to pack a car!

Lorrie Stapleton
IMG_0154.jpg

Many thanks to Hannah Zipkin and Matthew Silliman of Ridgefield High School who organized a children's book drive this summer. They put out donation bins in their neighborhood, stores and local community centers and collected over 500 books! We are honored to distribute them to needy kids over the next month.

Bravo Hannah and Matt!

IMG_0156.jpg

Looking for Harry Potter donations!

Lorrie Stapleton
IMG_0020.jpg
Our current collection will be heading his way soon

Our current collection will be heading his way soon

I'd like to introduce you to Officer John Maldonado from Bridgeport's Multinational Magnet School. He is part of a a group that organizes a trip to Florida for 35 8th graders every year. The students help with the trip and learn about planning and budgeting, as well as have presentations during the trip on business and careers.

Included in the trip is a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal studios and all students read Harry Potter books in advance. We hope to provide them with many copies of the print and audio books, and are off to a great start!

We need volunteers for the Book Swap in Greenwich

Lorrie Stapleton
Screen Shot 2018-09-10 at 9.28.38 AM.png

I'm sorry to say that Doug Francefort who has run the Book recycling operation at Greenwich Recycling has had a serious fall and will no longer be able work. At 89 he has been so inspirational in his dedication to finding new homes for gently used books. We will miss him very much.

The Book Swap in Greenwich is the source for at least 35% of all the books we redistribute throughout Fairfield County and we are currently seeking new volunteers to work 1 -2 days a month at either the Friday or Saturday 8-12 sessions.

New Beginnings Family Academy

Lorrie Stapleton
We dropped off some great books this week to Diane Canevari from New Beginnings Family Academy.  Here is part of a note of thanks we got from one of our previous deliveries: On behalf of the students at New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA), please accept our thanks for your generous gift-in-kind of several boxes of books from Books for Everyone! Your contribution supports students at New Beginnings Family Academy, enabling us to provide them with a rigorous education that ensures academic success and builds character in partnership with their families.  The vast majority – 98% – of NBFA students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade reside in Bridgeport, the state’s largest and one of its poorest cities. Your investment in NBFA ensures that students receive a quality public education within a safe, well-structured and nurturing environment.

We dropped off some great books this week to Diane Canevari from New Beginnings Family Academy.

Here is part of a note of thanks we got from one of our previous deliveries: On behalf of the students at New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA), please accept our thanks for your generous gift-in-kind of several boxes of books from Books for Everyone! Your contribution supports students at New Beginnings Family Academy, enabling us to provide them with a rigorous education that ensures academic success and builds character in partnership with their families.

The vast majority – 98% – of NBFA students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade reside in Bridgeport, the state’s largest and one of its poorest cities. Your investment in NBFA ensures that students receive a quality public education within a safe, well-structured and nurturing environment.