2002-08-10 / Community

Sanders Kicks Off Literacy Program

Sanders Kicks Off Literacy Program

Councilman James Sanders, Jr. (31 C.D.), Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Development secured funding for a special literacy initiative "Sanders Summertime Read Aloud Adventures" for young children. This initiative also includes a reading component for teenagers or young adult readers.

On Monday, July 29, at Far Rockaway Public Library, Councilman Sanders was joined by Gary Strong, Executive Director of the Queens Borough Public Library, and other library administrators to officially start the program, which will also be offered in the Arverne, Laurelton, and Rosedale public library branches.

The Councilman’s initiative will provide for enrichment of present library collections through acquisitions of self esteem building and self-empowering new books written by award winning children’s book authors. The author’s will include Langston Hughes, Walter Dean Myers, Eloise Greenfield, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Tony Medina, Elizabeth Swados, and Virginia Hamilton.

According to Sanders, "educating our young is key to stimulating economic growth and development."

During the kick off ceremony, Councilman Sanders greeted everyone in the library and discussed his ongoing commitment to maintaining a strong library system. The Councilman noted he was pleased that the City Council won the struggle to preserve six-day service at public libraries. He plans to place three additional computers in the Far Rockaway library branch, and he has secured capital funding for major renovations for libraries in his district. Sanders also expressed his strong commitment to expand and strengthen library infrastructures in his district.

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