Recently, representatives from Barnes and Noble presented more than 2,300 new books to the librarians of 18 local schools. Towers of tomes were distributed at the WSWHE BOCES Gick Road Conference Center at 27 Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs.
The sheer volume of books is a result of Barnes and Noble Saratoga Springs’ annual Holiday Book Drive, though which generous customers give the gift of reading.
“The Holiday Book Drive is one of our most popular community partnerships,” said Barnes and Noble Saratoga Community Relations Manager Beth Austin. “Our booksellers and customers share the pure joy of giving a book to a child in need. Because each Barnes and Noble store chooses its local nonprofit beneficiary, the donations are very personal. We love the fact that customers can pick their favorite children’s book, designate a school and give the gift of reading for years to come!”
Barnes and Noble coordinates the book delivery to each school with the help of the WSWHE BOCES School Library Services.
“We really want to thank Barnes and Noble, and the community for making it possible to get more books into the hands of children,” said WSWHE BOCES School Library Services Coordinator J’aimé Pfeiffer.
The books will be used for each school’s 1,000 Book Club, which is a reading program designed for preschoolers, kindergarteners and their families. Families borrow a bag of 10 books to read together and return for another bag, with the goal of reading 1,000 books by the completion of second grade. This helps children develop a lifetime bond with books while fostering a positive connection between home and school.
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