First Ever Children's Free Book Fair



Marillac St. Vincent's First Children's Free Book Fair

Connecting Communities | June 2021

The St. Vincent DePaul Center hosted its first-ever Children’s Free Book Fair through a partnership between the Family Support Department and our terrific volunteer groups and individuals. The Book Fair was a huge success-all thanks to donations collected through a St. Ignatius student service project and St. Clement Parish's Annual Week of Service.

A total of 193 children came to Room 351 to select multiple books to take home and add to their at-home libraries. Volunteers from DePaul Student Athletics, Tutoring Chicago, and St. Clement came onsite on two Saturdays to help sort books and set up tables organized by age and genre.

In addition to children making their own selections, teachers from 8 infant and toddler classrooms, 4 Pre-K classrooms and 3 School-Age classrooms added books to their classroom libraries for the children to enjoy anytime they are at MSV. Every child loved being able to "shop" and find books that sparked their reading interest.

Nicole Kusack, Director of Family Support at the St. Vincent DePaul Center, supervised the book selections and saw first-hand the joyful responses of the readers: "One Pre-K child was so excited to go home and show her mom the books she picked out, when her Mom came to pick her up- she couldn’t wait and ripped open her bag in the lobby to immediately show her! A parent also told me they were so excited to get books to read at home, and they’re adding a new book to bedtime each night. On Thursday they were going to read Iggy Peck Architect! My favorite was helping a young girl pick out Geography books-she picked a giant Atlas!"

Kusack made a point of acknowledging how essential volunteers were in making this event a reality. "[Their] hard work and donations really made our book fair a huge success, and put a lot of smiles on our children’s faces. Thank you for helping make this event possible-we loved it!"

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