Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Buying toys can help libraries

or what I called a very long time the punch pictures.

Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 4:00 AM

City school libraries will get a boost today when Caroline Kennedy helps a group of Brooklyn stores raise money for books to get more kids reading.

Kennedy, who will be joined by borough stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kathryn Erbe, will encourage shoppers at the Acorn toy store on Atlantic Ave. to spend so their money can be used to beef up school libraries. Shop for Class, a program that benefits schools, has recommended that Acorn and other participating shops donate 2% of their sales during the promotion.

The funds are sorely needed, said Kennedy: New York State spends only an average of $6.25 per student on school libraries, she said. "It's nowhere near enough to have quality libraries in all our schools," Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, Kennedy called Mayor Bloomberg's pilot program to pay students for high test scores "interesting."

"It's making people think, which is a good thing," she said. "I can see why people don't like it. Kids who work hard should get rewarded, and hopefully those rewards will take many forms."

To help school libraries, shoppers also will be encouraged to visit other stores, such as Abu's Homestyle Bakery in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Slope Sports in Park Slope and Daffy's in the Atlantic Terminal Mall.

Because the Education Department has made improving middle schools a key issue, Kennedy said she hoped to give much of the money raised to those libraries. Schools and school libraries can apply for grants of up to $10,000.

The Fund for Public Schools has raised $3.5 million since 2004 for school libraries. Shop for Class, which is sponsored by the fund and NYC & Company, has raised $1.5 million of that.

The program is designed to help schools create "collections that were best suited to their school," said Kennedy, including books in different languages or for different age groups.

Acorn co-owner Karin Schaefer, a visual artist who worked in city schools in poor neighborhoods for eight years, said she liked the idea of giving back to the community in Brooklyn.

"It's really a philosophical part of the shop to have charities that are connected to our values," she said.


Reade here more about the The Fund for Public Schools


  1. Etwas was nur Männer sehen ,
    lange Haare sind wunderschön

  2. Ich finde Kathryn mit langen Haaren auch sehr wie sie sie gerade aktuel hat, sind sie ja super lang, aber auch kurz steht ihr sehr gut.