Volunteers sought for 'Driving Books Home' reading initiatives

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program office has opened recruitment for volunteers within the Oswego City School District to help with the Driving Books Home program.

RSVP encourages people ages 55 and older to apply who have a love of reading and would like to share this interest with children. Available assignments include a review of the books, categorizing books by grade level, reading to children and touring this summer with the Oswego Bookmobile.

Volunteers Tammy Rodgers and Terie Delahunt-DainoMost of the positions are flexible and can be tailor-made to fit volunteers’ availability, though ideally Bookmobile volunteers during July and August should try to commit to the same day each week during the eight-week program.

“Driving Books Home” made its school district debut last summer, featuring the Bookmobile, designed primarily for children ages 5 to 18 and sponsored by Oswego YMCA, Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego and Oswego Public Library. The vehicle’s free resources, materials and activities encourage independent reading.

To volunteer or for more information about this and other RSVP programs, or to receive the Mature Living newsletter, call 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu. RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, sponsored local by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

PHOTO CAPTION: Reading encouragement—Tammy Rodgers, left, of Families and Schools Together, and Terie Delahunt-Daino, with the Oswego Bookmobile, volunteer with the “Driving Books Home” program in the Oswego City School District. RSVP is seeking additional volunteers for the program, designed to encourage independent reading among children ages 5 to 18.

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(Posted: Mar 30, 2012)

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