Fostering Reading in Amityville

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Students at Edmund W. Miles Middle School were able to increase their personal book collections thanks to the annual Free Book Fair in the library. Librarian Lynn Cesiro, who received donations from the Book Fairies and other organizations, organized the event. 

During their English language arts classes, students visited the library and were allowed to choose one book, which were separated by fiction and non-fiction, as well as by topic. There were also children’s books that they could choose from to bring home to younger siblings. 

The book fair also included a family night, which followed parent-teacher conferences. At the end of the week, students were able to return after school and choose as many books as they wanted from the remaining stock. Ms. Cesiro estimated that the fair began with more than 3,000 books.

“The purpose of this is to get books in the students’ hands, so they have something to read,” she said.