Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

Joseph Addison once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

On June 21st, the New York Juvenile Justice Corps hosted their 3rd Annual Kids Book Fair at the Red Hook branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Children came from all directions and gathered around our tables to pick out books to read over the summer. Our JJC members were more than prepared and greeted every child and parent that passed by our tables filled with books. The kids looked with awe and wonder as they saw books of mystery, of adventure, and of their favorite cartoon characters. Kids left the book fair with smiles on their faces and bags full of books. A 12-year-old at the book fair said, “My mom is going to be upset that I brought all these books in the house but, I don’t care, I love to read.” Corps members also gave out handmade bookmarks with quotes about the importance of reading and tips to prevent the “Summer Slide.”

Corps members gear up to help kids find the perfect summer reading book
 The “Summer Slide” is a slippery slope; it describes the 2 months of learning loss that occurs with children over the summer break. It causes a significant achievement and learning gap that causes children to fall behind on their studies. Our goal is to promote and encourage the excitement of reading and to increase access to age-appropriate books.

Corps member Lisa makes a recommendation to a pair of friends 
This could have not been a success without our supporters and partners. We would like to thank Tymberly Harris of the Packer Collegiate Institute for donating all of the amazing books. Thank you to Ronell Jack and Nelson Rivera and the Red Hook community service crews for their assistance moving the books.  A big thanks to Nate’s Pharmacy who donated wonderful tote and plastic bags for the youthful readers. Last but certainly not least, a thank you to the Red Hook Community Justice Center and New York Juvenile  Justice Corps members for supporting, organizing,  and for making this amazing day possible.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Closed.

Take a look below for some more photos of the wonderful day!


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