Albany County executive honors program encouraging inner-city kids to read

WNYT Staff
Created: February 09, 2021 06:54 PM

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, Albany County held a virtual event "Living through the COVID Pandemic."

County Executive Dan McCoy issued a proclamation and paid tribute to the RED Bookshelf. "RED" stands for "Read Each Day."

During the pandemic, the organization canvassed inner-city neighborhoods, handing out around 35,000 free books.

The RED Bookshelf Executive Director Paul "Batman" Collins-Hackett joined McCoy Tuesday morning. They discussed the organization's efforts to promote literacy and support education among Albany County children and families.

It was first established 2009 with a single room devoted to its mission of promoting literacy and inspiring an interest in reading by offering free books to children.

When the pandemic closed many of the typical locations for RED bookshelves, the owners went around the entire neighborhoods handing out books.

Around 35,000 books were distributed throughout the city of Albany.


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