Harrison Library Collecting Books For Sandy Victims

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The Harrison Public Library is collecting books to donate to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison Public Library is working with Literacy in Motion on a book drive to replenish schools affected by Hurricane Sandy plus provide books for children in emergency shelters.

“It’s absolutely fantastic,” said library Director Galina Chernykh. “I just wish that we collect a lot.”

The plan came together in the days after Sandy struck Harrison and caused power outages throughout the village, which lead to a packed library. Many of them asked Chernykh what they could do for those affected by the superstorm and Mayor Ron Belmont called asking how kids could help.

Also, a librarian’s daughter works as a teacher in Long Island and her classroom was destroyed by the storm.

It was then that Chernykh heard from the Scarsdale Library of an organization taking books, Literacy in Motion, and the weeklong event was set up.

“When you think of schools losing classroom libraries, it’s hard,” she said. “I’m glad that we can help. I hope the Harrison community will donate and help.”

Literacy in Motion has already received more than 20,000 books, including 10,000 from the Darien Library, in its mission “to build classroom libraries again,” Chernykh said.

The book drive started Monday and runs through  Friday. Participants are asked to bring “new or gently used children’s books” to the box in the library lobby. You can also donate to Literacy in Motion, which is looking “to raise $5,000 to pay for storage, transportation and distribution supplies.”

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