Quick work puts stickers on books

Published 2:33 pm Monday, December 24, 2018

Volunteers answered the call at Morgan Memorial Library on Friday and quickly worked through putting stickers on more than $6,000 worth of children’s books.

Suffolk Public Library staff kept bringing boxes of them to the library meeting room that was packed with more than two dozen volunteers.

They were asked to help the Suffolk Early Childhood Development Commission by putting blue-and-white stickers on books that were donated to the commission. They had two hours to get the job done, but they were finished and eating pizza in less than 40 minutes.

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“It’s surprising but wonderful at the same time,” said the library’s youth and family services manager Jennifer Brown. “It’s great to see the community come together and help us out.”

Many of them were middle- and high-school students in need of community service hours. Alexander Cosendine, a 17-year-old senior at King’s Fork High School, gave some advice: don’t wait until your senior year to get those hours.

But when you do need them, opportunities like this are the best, he said.

“It’s a good time to come out, interact with new people I haven’t met before, have a good time and just help out with the community,” he said.

“It doesn’t take that much time, and you’re helping out,” said Anna Gomer, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at King’s Fork Middle School.

The books were donated to ECDC in November by UPS Store No. 5885, located on Centerbrooke Lane. Each UPS Store raises funds year-round to benefit the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, and all of the proceeds support local literacy programs for children.

“None of this would have been possible without the UPS store,” said ECDC coordinator Brenda O’Donnell.

The mission of Suffolk’s ECDC is to provide resources, services and programs for caregivers and children from birth through age 8. These books will be placed in the hands of children that need them the most.

They’ll read the stickers on each book and know to thank both the UPS Store and ECDC. O’Donnell herself was just thankful for the staff and volunteers that got them ready for distribution as fast as possible.

“It’s one of those ‘you build it, they will come’ kind of things, and they came,” she said.