OSWEGO, NY – Congratulations go to Recognizing Oswego County’s March Winner Terie Delahunt-Daino, a volunteer for Driving Books Home, a free non-lending mobile library for children 5-18 years.
The bookmobile program receives generous donations of books from the community and local business donors also make the effort possible.
It is a project brought to the greater Oswego County Community by the Oswego YMCA, Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego and the Oswego Public Library.
Terie was voted our exceptional individual working to improve the community. The topic for March was literacy.
The ROC groups use this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful opportunities that exist in Oswego County for children, families and adults.
Positive efforts that are being made in the community are the main emphasis of the effort.
Terie volunteers her time.
“The bookmobile is far more than literacy,” she said.
At the YMCA, for example, the children get snacks as part of the program. Americorps and R.S.V.P. volunteers help the bookmobile make a difference in children’s lives.
As Terie reports, one little girl ended the summer program saying, “I don’t want you to leave.”
Currently, the bookmobile concentrates on high-need populations in Oswego.
The group purchased an old bus, and the Oswego City School District helps by maintaining the vehicle.
Children get to keep the books.
Although requests have come in for expansion of the program, sustainability is the focus for administrative infrastructure.
Terie said they are creative with staffing and grateful to the many donors who make the program possible.
Her work is truly heartfelt and we acknowledge her contributions to Oswego.
Thanks also goes to Betty Mauté of the Fulton Public Library, Meg Henderson of Literacy Volunteers and Ron Wilson of the Oswego Bookmobile for serving as guest speakers at the March ROC meeting.
Each month a theme is used to honor the good work that happens in Oswego County.
For the month of April Recognizing Oswego County is looking to solicit nominations of exceptional individuals or organizations working to improve the community through mental health, alcohol and substance abuse awareness.
Nominations can range from a neighbor that offers drug free parties for local teens to an organization that creates programming to help those fighting addictions and raising awareness.
To nominate a person or group for recognition for April, contact Pat Powers-Burdick at 315-592-4143 ext. 3010, or Abby Jenkins at [email protected] or 315-343-2344 ext. 21.
Community members can also post to Recognizing Oswego County’s Facebook page wall.
Nominations are due by April 10.
For more information, contact Powers-Burdick at 315-592-4143, Ext. 3010 or at [email protected]