Thanks so much to Lauren for volunteering at the Book Swap last month. She conducted a survey for us and determined that we get about 200 guests during our 8am-12pm hours.
Guests drop off about 1,000 books a day and take away over 400 books. We then take the excess books that are in good condition to schools, senior centers and community centers throughout Fairfield County.
Lauren also donated her amazing personal collection of over 300 beautiful kids books, all of which went to improve the Library at Inspirica - from homeless to home in Stamford.
We love our little “Duckies” at Stamford’s Children’s Learning Center on Lockwood Avenue. Each week up to 6 classrooms of 3-5 year olds drop by and patiently wait to pick out books that they can take home.
I wish we could show you all the wonderful kids that we get to meet every week, but most of the time, we don't have permission to take photos of the kids, so we showcase their impressive teachers and organizations instead. Although our donors have graciously provided us with great books to distribute - we get the benefit of all the smiles, High-Fives, hugs and Thank-you's from these adorable kids. Bob Dzurenda, the Executive Director of Hall Neighborhood House, and Rafael gave us a hand with the book delivery. They also introduced us to these cuties in the 3 year old class.
Love to maintain these kids' bookshelves at Neighbor to Neighbor. It is such a caring, welcoming place. We will really miss their executive director, Nancy Coughlin, who has recently left to head up Person to Person in Darien.
It was a pleasure meeting Aida at Alpha Community Services YMCA's office on Clinton Street. We provided some books for their excellent Transitional Living Services program. Read more about them here.https://www.facebook.com/Alpha-Community-Services-YMCA-170372840480/
We made our first delivery of books for Bridgeport's Summer Lighthouse Program. Tammy Papa and her team provide a five week academic, athletic and recreational program for over 2,000 students. You can learn more at: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/lighthouse
While at Darien Book Aid the other day I stumbled upon Laura giving a tour to a group of adorable kids from Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School. They had collected several boxes full of kids books to send off to needy children abroad. Loved their collection boxes!
Elizabeth scored today at the Book Swap at Holly Hill. Looks like a nice long Harry Potter summer ahead!
Many thanks to the Carroll family who donated hundreds of kids books today at Holly Hill. Can't wait to give the books new homes with needy kids in Bridgeport and Stamford.
Excellent turnout at Bridgeport's Annual Parents Convention. Julio manned several tables of free books and they went like hotcakes! Thanks to Gail Carroll of Bridgeport Propers for the photos of our ‘booth’.
I enjoyed getting a chance to meet Faith Douglass and Hector Burgos, the Youth Program Director Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport. This community organization has a large early learning center, a community center and a seniors program. We love to provide both kids and adult books there.
Got a hand from these strong students at Read School the other day
Visited Bassick High School the other day to drop off some books with Albert Benejan who is running the 47th annual Parent Convention taking place on May 29th from 8:30 am - 2pm at Housatonic Community College. This bilingual event gets a great turnout each year due to the topics covered. This year they include 1) the 2020 Census, 2) Special Needs, 3) Internet Safety, 4) Math workshop, 5) Knowing the laws about rights and responsibilities as parents and, 6) How the state supports families with bilingual and ESL students.
Tracey at Inspirica does an amazing job of making the lobby an inviting place for kids to come and read. If you aren’t familiar with this Homeless Shelter in Stamford or its family centric programs, check it out here at https://www.inspiricact.org/
Please meet Maureen D'Ascanio, Barnum School's Librarian. She maintains a gorgeous library space and loves to have great books for their 633 K-8th grade students. Unfortunately, there is no budget for libraries in Bridgeport and she could really use some help filling their shelves. If you look closely at the shelf that houses their total selection on animals, you will see that the books are in tatters.
They could use some fun novels and graphic novels for the kids, recent biographies, books on landforms, anything on animals, and some ‘how to draw’ books.
Had a busy day Thursday delivering books for Madison School, Precious Memories, Dunbar's Family Resource Center, The Baptist Church's Health Fair and Barnum School.
At Barnum, loved to see the skateboard parking lot in Officer Jackie's office. She keeps an eye on them for all the kids who commute by board. Also got a chance to meet Principal Amy Marshall who joined the school in 2018.
We were very happy to provide books last week to the English Language Learners program at Newfield School in Stamford. 55 kids were able to choose books to take home from their Family Breakfast and Workshop. Major kudos to Lisa Pomerance and Jennifer Jehle who organized the event and provided us with these great pictures. You can learn more about this excellent program for immigrants at their site
When we were visiting Luis Munoz Marin school in Bridgeport, we met Cornelia Salvi, the Library Media specialist for their 800+ students in grades PreK to 8th. When discussing her needs, we mentioned that we had just received a huge donation of non-fiction books from the librarians at Greenwich Country Day School and Stanwich School who are currently working on combining their extensive libraries. When Cornelia showed us her single shelf of biographies, Julio and I immediately returned to Greenwich and filled the Jeep to the brim with books for their library. So much fun!