John S. Hobart Elementary School recently received a special visit from The Book Fairies, a non-profit organization that donates books to children in less advantaged communities throughout the metropolitan New York area. At this event, each John S. Hobart Elementary School student had the opportunity to take home two free books.
“New books can cost an average of $11, which can be cost prohibitive,” said Grace Ryan, second-grade teacher, John S. Hobart Elementary School, who has been instrumental in bringing the organization into the school. “The Book Fairies provide a large selection of books to a lucky school for students to shop through,” she said, adding that they are blessed to be just one five schools participating this year.
All of The Book Fairies’ books are checked for condition and are age-appropriate. “It’s an event that is truly a ‘gift of reading’ thanks to the generous donors that supply books, volunteers who sort them and the hard working staff of The Book Fairies. We are very appreciative,” said Mrs. Ryan.
Amy Zaslansky, founder of The Book Fairies, added that this program provides an opportunity for children to build up their home libraries and foster a love for literacy. So far in their six years of operation, they have donated nearly 1.4 million books. The Book Fairies also paid a special visit to the William Floyd Learning Center last school year.