The Boys and Girls Club lobby was abuzz on Wednesday afternoon with kids enthusiastically selecting books to take home.
This was a special kind of book fair: all books were free. Sorted and labeled for age appropriateness, books were displayed on tables around which kids swarmed, choosing favorites to put into their own personal book bags.
“The Greenwich Alliance for Education supports early literacy. We created this event to put books into the hands of kids and to encourage them to read,” said Alliance Executive Director Julie Faryniarz.
The Alliance has been collecting books at Greenwich Library and its branches for redistribution for more than five years. “Middle school Greenwich Academy students helped us collect and organize 1,900 books for Wednesday’s “book fair” at the Boys and Girls Club,” she said.
Assisting Julie and the Boys and Girls Club staff were Jane Hentemann, Chairman of the Alliance Board of Directors, and volunteers from the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program at Greenwich High School.
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