GENEVA — The Public Service Office at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has started a local chapter of First Book, a national non-profit organization set up to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
First Book works with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children. Since its inception, First Book has provided nearly 30 million new books to children in hundreds of communities nationwide.
First Book Geneva earned $1,500 during spring 2005, which will be used to distribute 600 books this fall to children in the Geneva and surrounding community.
The organization also recently arranged with “Cookie’s Candles” for fund-raising for local branches. Residents may buy a 16 oz. Apple Crisp candle for $11, and First Book Geneva will receive one book per candle purchased.
You can buy directly from the Cookie's Candles Web site, www.cookiescandles.net/page/page/2134259.html, inserting First Book Geneva in the notes field when checking out.
For details, call Katie (Scollin) Flowers in the Public Service Office at ext. 3825 or firstname.lastname@example.org (at least until I get my e-mail name switched).