Students throughout the city of newark celebrate the kick-off of My Very Own Library 2013
Proudly Supported by the Family of Anne Feeley, the Foundation for Newark's Future, NJ After3 and Scholastic Book Fairs - Newark doubles efforts to ensure students continue to build their love of reading and their own home libraries!
December 12, 2012, Newark, NJ - On Wednesday morning, as students entered the gymnasium at Abington Avenue School, they were delighted to find some very special guests. Ready to help the students select new free books from the Scholastic Book Fairs for their home libraries were Superintendent Cami Anderson and a very special canine named Clifford the Big Red Dog™.
Several popular youth and young adult book Scholastic authors, including Alan Katz, Steven Metzger, Michael Northrop and Dan Poblocki also joined the fair to help kids choose books.
This is all part of the literacy initiative, My Very Own Library implemented by New Jersey After 3 the non-profit organization dedicated to expanding learning time for New Jersey's Youth. With support provided by the Foundation for Newark's Future, the Family of Anne Feeley, and Scholastic - the My Very Own Library initiative is working in collaboration with Newark Public Schools and the Office of Mayor Booker to help build the personal libraries of Newark students.
"We are literally running out of adjectives to describe this initiative. You have to use words like unprecedented and historic to talk about what's happening in the city with these partners. We're making an investment, not just in literary resources and books, but we're also making an investment in the hopes, the aspirations, and in the imaginations of kids across the city, and that's an amazing and tremendous thing" said Jarrad Toussant,
representing Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Superintendent Anderson commended the sponsors and underscored the importance of their involvement. "We are incredibly grateful to our partners at My Very Own Library for supporting our vision. This awesome gift will help us to reinforce literacy skills and close the gap for students with limited resources."
This year, Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, is providing matching funds in Scholastic Dollars for each of the 18 participating schools. The Scholastic Dollars can be used by the participating schools to purchase additional books and educational materials to benefit the entire school. The 2012-2013 year of My Very Own Library is dedicated in fond memory to its originator, Mrs. Anne Feeley.