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March, 11th 2024
Excitement filled the air on a Thursday afternoon at Memorial Elementary School in West Springfield as Mike Bertera of Bertera Auto Group settled into a chair in front of a giddy classroom of 1st graders. As the students quieted, Bertera began to read the book “Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival” about a blind cat and dog, both with bobbed tails, who leaned on each other during extremely challenging times. The children were hooked. Bertera Auto Group is Memorial Elementary School’s Community Book Link Sponsor, a program by local non-profit Link to Libraries that connects businesses and community members to elementary schools in support of childhood literacy. When a business or community member adopts a school through Community Book Link, that school’s library receives 200-250 new books each year.
December, 10th 2023
When Link to Libraries heard the Toy for Joy campaign was in the hunt for quality books for children, the Western Massachusetts nonprofit didn’t hesitate to act.
November, 13th 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - MGM Springfield surprised three non-profit organizations with $5,000 each on Monday as part of their “season of giving kickoff” effort.
October, 11th 2023
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - According to a Pew Research survey, students who perform higher on the reading portion of standardized tests are more likely to voluntarily pick up a book, but access to books is the real challenge. “What we do at Link to Libraries is to get books into the hands and homes of the students and also into the school libraries,” said Laurie Flynn, president of Link to Libraries.
August, 30th 2023
(Mass Appeal) – Doors to our local schools are all opening right now and kids are excited to see their friends and be back in the classroom. But we as parents, grandparents, and guardians need to make sure the learning doesn’t end on the school grounds. One fun and important way to keep kids learning at home is through reading. Laurie Flynn, President and CEO of Link to Libraries is here with more.
May, 8th 2023
SPRINGFIELD — Fifteen years, 70 schools, 1 million book donations. Link to Libraries donated its millionth book during a gala event on May 4 at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Link to Libraries President and CEO Laurie Flynn called it a “full circle” moment as the book was donated to Springfield’s Warner School — the same school that was the first recipient of books when the nonprofit organization was founded in 2008 by Susan Jaye-Kaplan and Janet Crimmins.
May, 4th 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A major milestone Thursday evening for a western Massachusetts based non-profit. Link to Libraries hosted their signature fundraising event at the Basketball Hall of Fame. This year’s celebration marked the donation of their one millionth book to a child and school in need. The presentation of the book was to representatives from Springfield’s Warner school, the first school to receive books from Link to Libraries when it was founded back in 2008.
April, 11th 2023
(Mass Appeal) – We continue to celebrate libraries this week and today we’re learning about an organization that is separate from your local library but works with them to encourage reading, and will soon achieve an amazing milestone in children’s reading. Joining me now is Laurie Flynn, President of Link to Libraries.
March, 30th 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at the Milton Bradley Elementary School in Springfield had a special visitor Thursday afternoon. The students were getting ready to show what they know in the upcoming MCAS tests.
February, 2nd 2023
CHICOPEE, MA – February 2, 2023 – Link to Libraries announced that Weiss Consulting of Longmeadow, MA is supporting literacy at Lambert-Lavoie Elementary in Chicopee through the Link to Libraries Community Book Link sponsor program.
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