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ROC Names river’s end bookstore as March Community Champion

OSWEGO, NY – Recognizing Oswego County has selected the river’s end bookstore as the Community Champion for March.

The theme for this month was Literacy Awareness.

From left: Mindy Ostrow; ROC member Chena Tucker; Bill Reilly; ROC members Patricia Waters and Inga Back.
From left: Mindy Ostrow; ROC member Chena Tucker; Bill Reilly; ROC members Patricia Waters and Inga Back.

Literacy encompasses reading, writing and basic math as well as critical thinking, speaking and listening.

“Because literacy is the key to unlocking the doors to education, financial success and overall wellness, our literacy focus this month is one that our group feels is extremely important in our county, where approximately 12% of adults have trouble reading above the fifth grade level,” said ROC co-chair Brandon Morey.

Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community.

Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults.

The river’s end bookstore is locally owned and operated by Bill Reilly and Mindy Ostrow.

The mission of the bookstore is “serving readers and writers since 1998,” but its reach into the Oswego community goes much deeper than that.

Prior to making the decision to open the bookstore, Reilly said he wanted to “have a business that was totally community focused and allowed him to give back to his adopted hometown of Oswego. This is the community’s bookstore; we are just the caretakers.”

Reilly and Ostrow, however are more than just caretakers.

In nominating the river’s end, Patty Waters noted, “The store hosts storytime for preschoolers on Wednesdays and writing workshops for older children and adults. The availability of scholarships for their workshops ensures literacy is within reach for all residents.”

In addition, they support the bookmobile, battle of the books and World Book Night and helped promote locally owned businesses with the wonderfully popular Where’s Waldo Contest last summer.

Reilly reported that he recently met with SUNY Oswego students from the Creative Writing department where they shared with him the concept of Literary Citizenship and described even more ways to use writing to connect to the community.

ROC would also like to thank Margaret Henderson SUNY Oswego’s Rick Creek Field Station for coming into the meeting on March 27th and sharing her work with the group.

Each month, ROC selects a theme and invites guest speakers to share the good work they are doing.

Nominations are also solicited for Community Champions.

For the month of April, Recognizing Oswego County is seeking nominations in the area of Mental Health Awareness and Support.

A potential nominee might be an agency that provides mental health counseling or an individual who advocates to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Nominations are due by April 8.

The nomination form is available on the ROC Facebook page or by contacting [email protected]

ROC members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.

New members are welcome.

Monthly meetings are held from 8-9:15 am on the second Thursday of the month at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union at 90 E. Bridge St.