Keep Cape Reading Gives out Books to Kids Receiving Free Meals

 

 

MILTON, Del - Many efforts have been made to keep children fed while home from school. Now Browseabout Books and the Lewes Public library are teaming up to help feed their minds.

The partnership is called the Keep Cape Reading Initiative. Through the project free books are being given away with the free meals already being given out by the Cape Henlopen School District.

Jennifer Noonan, Children’s Librarian of the Lewes Public Library, spoke to the necessity of such a program noting that reading proficiency is an essential skill.

“Being able to read is not only a key to success in school, but in life so you need to be able to practice that,” said Noonan.

She explained that while children are at the center of the cause, it is also good for local business. “This is a way that we can both get kids access to books while at the same time supporting our local independent booksellers,” she said.

Friday marked the first of many book drop offs for Keep Cape Reading. Right now books are being distributed at H.O. Brittingham Elementary School in Milton, a main hub for Cape food distribution.

The goal is for the stationary project to expand in order for books to follow the mobile distribution routes of the Cape buses. 

“Our goal is to get books into the hands of as many kids as possible”, said Susan Kehoe of Broweseabout Books.

She spoke with pride about the business being able to support the community during such difficult times. 

“We’re just happy to still be able to employ our staff and to be able to support our community in the best way that we can”. 

The Keep Cape Reading initiative says community support is what is currently keeping the project going. Both Jennifer Noonan, and Susan Kehoe expressed sincere gratitude for the generosity they’ve received thus far.

To donations toward the cause can be made at Browseabout Books website.