BOOKS 4 EVERYONE

Lauren's books have found a great new home!

Lorrie Stapleton

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.

Bravo Lauren!

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These kids love to read!

Lorrie Stapleton

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.

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Hall Neighborhood House cuties

Lorrie Stapleton

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.

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Bridgeport's Parent Convention - 2019

Lorrie Stapleton
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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.

SOS for school library books!

Lorrie Stapleton

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.

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Busy Delivery Days are Great

Lorrie Stapleton

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.

The Skateboard parking lot

The Skateboard parking lot

Officer Jackie

Officer Jackie

Barnum’s Principal Marshall and Julio Reinoso

Barnum’s Principal Marshall and Julio Reinoso

Newfield's English Language Learner's Program

Lorrie Stapleton

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

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I love it when the stars align!

Lorrie Stapleton
Cornelia Salvi

Cornelia Salvi

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!