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Coming Together to Celebrate Books

Last week, a local Geneva librarian and a William Smith first-year joined forces to celebrate National Library Week and Turn Off the Screen Week. An America Reads tutor at St. Stephen’s School in Geneva, Serita Randall ’11 visits local elementary schools a few times a week to help students become stronger readers using books, games and writing activities. When Tanya Thompson, children’s librarian at Geneva Free Library, contacted her about reading in the public library, Randall was immediately interested. “I love the public library here, so I figured, why not?” As part of the program, Randall read to children aged 3 to 8 and their caregivers. “It was really nice being able to interact with younger and older people,” Randall explained. “The children are a lot of fun.” “College students are role models to younger children and hopefully they will encourage children toward literacy,” explained Thompson. “Serita did an excellent job reading to the children and I’m glad we involved her in the celebration.” The two-week celebration included 12 guest readers and a variety of events for children and teens. Some of the activities included podcasting, movies, jeopardy, crafts, puppet shows, karaoke and a game day.