East New York Reads Kicks-Off and Celebrates Local Library New Saturday Hours

By amandaberlin on November 17, 2015 in Blog

The East New York Reads Kick-off, in partnership with The Pinkerton Foundation, was held at Arlington Library. It introduced “East New York Reads,” which is a partnership amongst 11 organizations to ensure that children in East New York and Cypress Hill can read at grade level by the 3rd grade. The event also celebrated Arlington Library’s new Saturday hours. The event was the first of its kind for East New York Reads and was a huge success!

There were over 200 participants who enjoyed a selection of three read-alouds, four crafts, a scavenger hunt and Halloween themed bingo.  Attendees also benefited from a variety of giveaways including books, tote bags, t-shirts, bookmarks and pencils. Five lucky raffle winners ranging in age from six-months to thirteen-years old also received a book bag filled with five books and library goodies to keep.

Families were thrilled with the event as evidenced by the parents who shared with staff, “This is so great! I have never even been in here!” and “I love this! When is the next event?”

Children especially enjoyed all the activities and have already been spotted in the Arlington Library wearing their t-shirts. 

According to Katie Callahan, Cypress Hills/ East New York Reads Coordinator, this event would not have been possible without the group of 15 staff and volunteers from the BPL, RSK!, LINC, Reading Partners’ AmeriCorps and Reach Out and Read who worked the event. Their energy and hard work was essential to the event’s success.

Special thank you to Al Reynolds (LINC’s Project Director for Neighborhood Initiatives), Jackie Melendez (LINC’s Community Coordinator for Brooklyn) and the Arlington Library staff who helped plan, organize and facilitate the event. Your creativity, spirit and dedication made this event possible. Thank you! Up next Cypress Hills will be hosting its own East New York Reads Kick-off event on Saturday, November 21st. We hope to make it just as successful and see you all there!

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