Donated Books Keep Elementary Students Reading

Elementary students in Carmel Central School District are adding new books to their home collections thanks to recent book donations from the Friends of Kent Library.

Kent Elementary students pose at the school entrance with a cart of donated books

“The Friends of Kent Library are always looking for ways to help our schools because, as we all know, communities are built on our strong library systems and our strong school systems,” said Kathryn Collins Adams, treasurer for the Kent Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.

Volunteers from the Friends of Kent Library worked to bring age-appropriate books to the CCSD students, right at their schools. Even students who are learning from home this year received books from the donation in their weekly work material pick-up.

“During this particularly off-beat scholastic year the Friends wanted to make sure that the students’ interest in reading was reinforced,” said Marty Collins, president of the board for Kent Library. “Making a gift of a book for each child seemed like a fun idea.”

“The District is fortunate to maintain such strong and important relationships with our local libraries,” said Superintendent Mary-Margaret Zehr. “Creating lifelong learners is a goal that we share, and the book donations are incredible game-changing opportunities to promote literacy among our elementary students.”

Volunteers from Friend of Kent Library pack books for Kent Elementary students

Just like our schools, libraries have had to adjust operating procedures during the last year with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual programming offerings, e-book downloads and curbside pickup of materials has allowed readers of all ages the opportunity to experience library offerings. The book donations to the elementary school students of the District is a continuation of the great work that our local libraries do every day.

“Kent Public Library, along with their devoted Friends, is a pro-active library supporting its local school system, which in turn, helps to promote a vibrant community,” said Collins.