We, like others, have had to adjust. Some of our largest programs are still restricted due to COVID.
We have found some wonderful new places that are thrilled to receive books for the children and clients they serve. Some examples are:
Saints Place – in Pittsford. They serve new immigrants. They provide clothing, set them up in apartments, and tutor both adults and children in English. Our first batch of books was used by Afghan refugees; the second is being used by Ukrainian refugees.
Babies With Books – Galisano Children’s Hospital. We provided books for the NICU so that families could participate in the Annual International NICU Read-a-thon.
YWCA of Rochester – Books are being used in their Mommy & Me Literacy Program for low-income women in Rochester.
Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes – in Canandaigua. CACFL provides safe and confidential services for children who have been physically and/or sexually abused.
Attica Prison – Family Visiting Room – There was not a single children’s book to busy or entertain children while they visited an incarcerated family member. Now there are many.
Books for young school children in Rochester – books were gifted to School 54, and School 33 (in partnership with the Victor-Farmington Rotary). Books were also given to Maggie’s Place on Joseph Avenue for after school tutoring.