Library of Congress donates dozens of books to Schenectady school

September 18, 2017 05:10 PM

SCHENECTADY - At a time when kids all seem to be glued to their smartphones and tablets, some students in Schenectady were getting excited about books.

Keane Elementary in Schenectady received more than 80 donated books on Monday. They came from the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program. They have thousands of books available for donation every day. They are either duplicate copies, or items they just don't need to keep any longer.

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The program was created to boost library collections and help instill a love of reading in children.

Congressman Paul Tonko helped orchestrate the gift. After meeting with the students, he says the program seems to be working.

"I found it interesting that they said they could travel to different places through a book. They could go back in time to dinosaurs with a book. They were really working it. They were processing it beautifully and when they share a message like that, you then realize that there is a deep and profound impact that this sharing from the Library of Congress can have," pointed out Tonko.

NewsChannel 13’s Jerry Gretzinger reached out to the Library of Congress Monday afternoon. They explained they donate about 90,000 books each year to schools and other charitable organizations. The only condition they have is that the books not be sold or otherwise used to make money.


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