Look for Bookcases at the Following Locations Around Perry
Dr. Bryant, DDS
The Bank of Castile
Community Clothes Closet
Letchworth Family Medicine
Perry Market Place
Perry Town Hall
Perry Village Hall
Silver Lake Dental
Silver Lake Laundromat
Silver Lake Meadows Apartments
Perry Elementary, Middle, and High School
RAP bookcases multiply around Perry
Read Around Perry, the Perry Rotary literacy program, placed several more RAP bookcases during the first week of October through December, bringing the total number to 12. The Country Kitchen & Pizzeria and the Community Clothes Closet, both on Main St., Silver Lake Meadows Apartments on Lake St, Sweet Sarah's on N. Center street and Silver Lake Laundromat are the newest homes to bookcases, stocked with donated books for all ages.
“The books on all the RAP bookcases are there for people of all ages – children, youth and adults – to borrow at no cost and with no concern about returning the books to that location,” says Eleanor Jacobs, co-chair of the Rotary program. “Our goal is to encourage reading, whether it’s parents reading to their children or youth and adults reading for pleasure. We’d rather see the books shared than necessarily returned to a bookcase. In fact, we’d love to see pass on books to friends and family.”
Rotary began the RAP program in the fall of 2011 to achieve three goals: Ensure that children are prepared for school, encourage everyone to read and champion the belief that literacy is an essential life skill.
RAP works closely with Perry Central School to reach these goals. Middle school RAP ambassadors have promoted the program at school open houses and adopted bookcases, ensuring they’re stocked with books.
You can find RAP bookcases, painted by Rotarian Mara Rooney, at these locations: the Bank of Castile, Eric Bryant, DDS, Letchworth Family Medicine, Perry Market Place, Perry Town and Village Halls, Silver Lake Dental, and University Eye.
“We have a few more bookcases to place in the community, as well as book boxes. These are weather-proofed bookcases with Plexiglas doors that we will put on posts and locate the boxes outdoors such as the village park and on school grounds,” Jacobs says. Anyone can take a book to read from RAP bookcases. Books can be returned, passed on to someone else or kept to reread.
To give children an opportunity to be read to, RAP volunteers read at Perry Market Place on the fourth Saturday of every month. Parents can shop while their children hear a story – or two or three – read by RAP ambassadors, elementary teachers and retired teachers. The next reading date is Saturday, January. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can select books from the RAP bookcase at the store, enter a drawing for a prize and, most importantly, enjoy being read to.
“We at Perry Market Place believe that literacy within the community is a great cause to support and are happy that RAP has chosen our business to hold these readings as one way to promote reading among children,” says Corey Strick, Perry Market Place manager.