Hundreds of readers, young and old, descended on the Oswego YMCA Armory over the weekend to celebrate “One World – Many Stories.” The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County hosted the free event. The goal of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower the community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner.
This summer the Oswego YMCA bookmobile is traveling regular weekly routes throughout the Oswego City School District providing students with opportunities to select free books they can keep and at the same time encourage continued reading.
The mission of the bookmobile is really quite simply. It’s about getting books to kids and empowering them to be great readers, organizers said. It will also prevent regression of students’ reading abilities over the summer, they added.
Throughout the district, books are being collected to help stock the new vehicle. The goal of the program is to encourage youngsters to continue reading over the summer so they don’t lose the skills they learned in school.
After retiring from teaching, Hope Marston embarked on a career as an author of children’s books. She has 32 books to her credit with more on the way. Marston will be the featured speaker at the April 13 meeting of the Oswego Reading Council.