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OCO Education Services to be a part of World Book Night

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services is joining others around the world in recognizing World Book Night.

Established in the U.K. in 2011 and introduced in the U.S. in 2012, World Book Night is held annually on April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday.

The celebration is dedicated to spreading the love of reading as thousands of people in U.K., Ireland, and the U.S. give books to light and non-readers.

“World Book Night is about reaching out to others and touching lives through the simple joy of reading.  It aligns well with the mission of Literacy Volunteers and I knew we needed to be a part of it,” said Meg Henderson, program coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.

“Reading for pleasure improves literacy and changes lives, added Henderson. “Reading improves employability, social interaction, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers of all ages are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Simply put, books are fun and they can be life changing.”

When Henderson shared the idea with the administrative staff of OCO’s Education Services, which includes Literacy Volunteers, Head Start, Day Care, UPK and the Rural After School Program (RASP), they were on board with the idea.

OCO staff members Beth Kazel, director of OCO Education Services; Paula Hayden, fiscal manager; Jennifer Bragg, ERSEA/program specialist; and Liz Liberti, Donna Fuller, Gayle Cook, Janine Krocke, and Tina Eusepi, family advocates with Head Start, joined Henderson in the planning of the event and began accepting applications from those who wished to distribute books.

Henderson and other members of Literacy Volunteers met with the volunteers at river’s end bookstore in Oswego and provided them with the books they will be distributing to students in the Literacy Volunteers program, parents of children in the Head Start program, and other community members.

“We are excited about being a part of World Book Night and pleased to be able to bring the event to our community,” said Henderson.

For more information on World Book Night or Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, contact Henderson at 315-342-8839 or at [email protected]