Reading accessibility is an important feature in a child’s life and due to the actions of one school librarian students of PS 11 Highbridge were given an opportunity to indulge in reading in a new way.
The students received their first library cards during a reading celebration through the New York Public Library. The event featured children from pre-K through fifth grade and was also welcoming to families of students that attended the event. Roseanna Gulisano, the school’s librarian, organized the event using a Bookmobile, which serves as students’ access to books due to the lack of children’s bookstores in the Bronx.
The Bookmobile served as the main method of book distribution, book recommendations and a book checkout service for students and their families. The May 23 event started at 11 a.m. and lasted until around 3 p.m. — it was held at the PS 11 Annex Early Childhood building,
Students were able to enjoy refreshments and story time as well as receive bookmarks at the event. All students were able to attend the event, but only students in second and third grade had the opportunity to meet with Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library.
The Bookmobile event showed the benefits of reading based events due to the potential budget cuts for the New York libraries, so the event serves to indicate a brighter future for those who enjoy outlets for reading.
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