Book drive helps kids and Guilderland book store

Kumi Tucker
Updated: November 23, 2020 06:46 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 06:17 PM

GUILDERLAND - The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza has come up with a way to get new books into the hands of children. At the same time, the effort helps the store recover after being shut down for months. 

The store is holding a book drive with Grassroot Givers. The idea is to get children brand-new books of their own. 

The Book House has a selection of children's books, and now a book drive display asking people to consider donating a book to local children. 

The response has been good, so far. 

Through Grassroot Givers, the books will go to its Little Free Libraries, as well as the Homeless and Traveler's Aid Society Feed and Read program, the South End Children's Café, and the African American Cultural Center. 

"Traditionally, they always get donations of used books, but we felt really strongly we wanted to get brand new books into kids' hands, specifically diverse books," said Kathleen Carey, manager of the children's department at the Book House. 

At the same time, there's another benefit. Sales will help support this independent bookstore, which was closed for three months during the pandemic. 

Both the Book House and Market Block Books, its partner in Troy, were hit hard. 

"But we're both still hurting, and our customers have been wonderful," said Carey. "We've seen regular customers coming in multiple times during the week since we reopened, and we really appreciate it."

Those customers have been generous, already filling a crate. 

This book drive comes as many children are studying from home, and may not have their usual access to reading material. 

"We work closely with a lot of schools and I have a lot of relationships with school librarians, and they've been struggling," said Carey. "Some of their libraries have been converted into classrooms. Some of them, the kids can't come into the library. So they're struggling a lot too, and this is another good way to get a brand new book into a kid's hand."

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