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OCO’s Education Services Participates in World Book Night

Oswego County Opportunities’ Education Services programs participated in the third World Book Night U.S. on April 23 to help spread the love of reading.

Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner, Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator, Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.
Bill Reilly, river’s end bookstore owner, Meg Henderson, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator, Beth Kazel and Mindy Reilly are pictured at the river’s end bookstore during the book distribution on April 16.

World Book Night promotes reading by providing free books to light or non-readers.

Volunteers known as World Book Givers apply to become a Book Giver identifying their target audience.

The rivers end bookstore in Oswego is the community organizer for the book distribution.

Six staff members from OCO’s Education Services’ Literacy Volunteers and Head Start programs distributed the following books:

The Lighthouse Road; The Tipping Point; Hoot; Pontoon; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Wait Till Next Year.

Beth Kazel, director of Education Services said, “It’s a rewarding experience sharing the love of reading with someone who is a light or non-reader. Reading opens many doors, reading for pleasure opens the mind.”

Shelagh Parkhurst, Marianne Jackson and Nate Renk, parents and Head Start Policy Council representatives were presented with a book from Book Givers for World Book Night.
Shelagh Parkhurst, Marianne Jackson and Nate Renk, parents and Head Start Policy Council representatives were presented with a book from Book Givers for World Book Night.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org