Riverhead Free Library donates 800 books to Head Start students

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11/02/2014 10:00 AM |
Head Start teacher Kevin Rojas helps distribute books to students at Riverhead Free Library on Thursday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Head Start teacher Kevin Rojas helps distribute books to students at Riverhead Free Library on Thursday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Riverhead Free Library has donated 800 books to Head Start locations in Riverhead and Southampton in order to increase access to literature for students by creating mini libraries in the schools.

Laurie Harrison, head of youth and family services at the library, said her department received a grant from the Friends of the Riverhead Free Library to establish a circulating “backpack” libraries for local Head Start students as a way to help promote “reading readiness before Kindergarten.”

Families, library staff and Head Start reps gathered Thursday at the library where students received 80 backpacks filled with books.

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