My Very Own Library is making waves on the west coast Richmond, California School Receives 2,400 NEW BOOKS for Students to Build Home Libraries.
RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA - April 24, 2013 - My Very Own Library (MVOL), a literacy initiative aimed at increasing book ownership for thousands of students in Newark, NJ for the past two years, proudly made its way across the country. On Wednesday, April 24, 600 students at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California, walked away with 4 FREE NEW BOOKS to take home to help build their own home libraries!
My Very Own Library in Newark, New Jersey is supported by the family and friends of New Jersey native, Anne Feeley (1954-2012), and the Foundation for Newark's Future, in partnership with
New Jersey After 3 and Scholastic Book Fairs. The Newark based literacy initiative affords Newark students the opportunity to choose up to 10 NEW FREE books (throughout the school year) to take home to either start or continue building, their own home libraries. During the 2011/2012 school year, the pilot year of My Very Own Library (MVOL), over 60,000 FREE NEW books were distributed to nearly 6,000 students at 8 Newark Public Schools. This school year, My Very Own Library is supporting 20 Newark schools, giving 120,000 books to 12,000 Newark students.
Through 100% funding from the family and friends of Anne Feeley Ð MVOL also gave away 2,400 books to the students at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California on April 24, 2013. Making Waves scholars, in 5th through 10th grades, started their school day at an inspiring MVOL kick-off assembly that included dignitaries from around the Richmond area. The kick-off ceremony, that included an energetic musical performace by Making Waves Scholars (while Clifford the Big Red Dog danced along) - highlighted the importance of reading and the many
positive long term benefits associated with literacy and book ownership.
Following the kick-off ceremony, the scholars entered the My Very Own Library book fair space where they previewed the book fair. Select students also had the opportunity to meet award winning children's author Ð Emma Clayton, who made a volunteer visit to the school and inspired students with stories about reading, writing, and being an internationally know children's author.