The Middle Island Teachers Association will host their fourth book giveaway on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Longwood High School. Held in conjunction with Longwood Day, individuals are welcome to choose up to 20 free books per family or 20 books per educator, while supplies last.
To date, the book giveaway has distributed more than 67,000 books to the Longwood community, placing the District in second place for distribution in New York State. The United Federation of Teachers which covers all of New York City is currently in first place.
Through the National Book Bank program, First Book connects publishers with local schools and community programs serving children in need. The nation’s only clearinghouse for large-scale book donations, the National Book Bank puts over 8 million books each year into the hands of kids.
“This is the 25th anniversary of First Book,” said NYSUT Director of Community Outreach Paul Webster. “Nationwide, First book has distributed 150 million books. Throughout New York State, NYSUT has distributed 1.5 million books.”
The tremendous turnout for Longwood’s book giveaway, as well as the number of registrations generated for First Book, have resulted in providing assistance to other communities throughout New York State to receive books as well.
The event provides educators, church groups, day care providers, scout leaders, PTA members, civic organizations, and community members with brand new, free books for the children in their lives. There will be a wide assortment of brand new books ranging from preschool to high school.
Pictured: Longwood community members choose books at the December 2016 book giveaway.