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The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System Sponsored “Reading Is Soooo Delicious” Over the Summer

The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System sponsored “Reading Is Soooo Delicious” this summer. For three weeks, library staff and Friends’ members visited camps and school sites in Greenacres, Jupiter, Pahokee, and West Palm Beach. The four selected sites provided free breakfast and lunch to students who live in Title I school zones.

Each week the children, ages 5 to 17, were able to select one to two books that they could add to their home library. They also received a bag and a simple craft project. More than 2,500 books were distributed.

Research has shown that children are more likely to read for fun and learn new things when books are readily available in the home. Starting a home library also shows a child how important books are. Sabrina, a student at the West Jupiter Community Center, wrote “I usually pick out the books that my teachers want me to read, but now I got a chance to pick out my own and I enjoyed it more than what others want me to read.”

“The Friends of the Library and the library staff wanted to find a way to get books into the hands of children to prevent the summer slide,” said Friends’ President and former librarian Jane Blevins, “That is how we came up with Reading Is Soooo Delicious.”

Latoya Bell, a parent of one of the students, wrote “Thank you very much for the books you provided for my children over the summer …. My children are learning how important it is to learn how to read and understand what you are reading.”

The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System plan to expand the program to eight sites next summer. If you would like to donate to “Reading Is Soooo Delicious,” please send checks to the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System at 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Caption for Photo: The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System sponsored Reading is Sooooo Delicious which distributed free books to four locations including the Greenacres Community Center.