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Letter to the Editor: Peekskill Reads Holds Annual Book Drive

Peekskill Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton reminds residents about the annual Peekskill Reads book drive.

To the Editor, 

Peekskill Reads is holding its 12th annual book drive from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25.

The Peekskill Reads book drive is a community event aimed at getting books into the homes of our younger children.  Residents donate new or used books geared to children 12 or younger.  These books are then given to children, at no cost, during an open, public event. 

The event, “Men Who Read to Children”, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Field Children’s Library in Peekskill. All research shows that early intervention is the key to children attaining good reading habits and children who have books in their homes are far more likely to read.  

Residents and local businesses have been extremely generous in the past, donating over 1,000 books to each of Peekskill Reads’ book drives.  We are hoping to match or exceed that number this year.

To donate new or used books, simply drop the books at the following the Field Library’s Childrens Library, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"field-library"} --> at 3 Nelson Ave. or the

Marina Ciotti September 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Yes, Deputy Mayor Claxton is an exceptional public servant. She is an example of what it means to be committed to your community and has been a reliable force on issues that make a difference in people's lives. Helping children have access to books and encouraging them to read should be supported and applauded. Thank you Drew for leadership and dedication to Peekskill and it's children.
Ded Yorick September 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I recommend the donation of Borzoi books. Alfred A. said never lend your Borzoi to a friend but this is different. I think he would have approved of donating Borzois to the youth of today. Young dawgs must be started early on quality literature in order to enrich their lives and communities. Send a couple of books to Phipps as well. He clearly needs to be schooled in the fine art of dawg lit. If Rick Finn had picked up a Borzoi once in a while, he'd still be City Manager. Adopt the Borzoi Credo today. You won't regret it.
leesther brown September 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Yep! lol! "You done got conned into thinking she's something special"(in my madea voice)..Yup! she was a reliable force that made a difference in peoples lives?!!....lmbao...... I think the folks that you think she has helped are not buying into that BS anymore, I just hope that they realize that they must make a choice to take a chance and step out from behind this Democratic Party in Peekskill or their lives will never change....Vote 'Em Out......#choicechanceschanges2013....
Michael Morey September 18, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Politics aside, this is a good cause. I have participated in the past with the Men Who Reads program through Peekskill Reads, dating back close to 10 years, before I had kids. My wife and I would help serve refreshments and then after the kids picked out the books they liked, I would read some stories, as would other young men in the community.
leesther brown September 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
That's mighty nice of you!

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