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Business Book Link

Connecting Local Businesses with Schools

The LTL Business Book Link program mission is to connect local businesses with one school that they can support for a three year period of time. Link to Libraries distributes to the sponsored school between 250 and 400 new books each year for the duration of the sponsorship. The business is asked to engage with the school and / or students during the sponsorship program. The school principal and business work to find a mutually agreeable plan to aid the school and engage the business employees and management.

Over 50 businesses are presently sponsoring schools in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. This programs enhances school libraries, brings books to children to own and build their own home libraries, as well as have businesses mentor local youth.

Link to Libraries Business Book Link program is always seeking new sponsors. These include businesses throughout the western MA and Northern CT area and individuals who might like to sponsor a school or local non profit organization.

Contact: Dr. Susan Landry at sdlandry7373@comcast.net or Susan Jaye-Kaplan at litlink@hotmail.com or call (413) 224-1031 to request an information packet.

I wanted to thank you for the huge part you played in our year of book giving here at Lincoln. Our third graders received so many special books throughout the year thanks to your generous donation through Links to Libraries.

The last week of school, each child was able to come to the library to "shop" for a book of their choice organized by grade and reading level. This collection was supplemented by donations from family, friends and staff, but the backbone of the 400+ books were through your support of Links. The kids loved the experience of getting to choose for themselves and couldn't get over the idea that they were theirs to take home and keep.

I think we can all agree books at home make a difference and your support has helped to make this happen.

Mary Fitzgerald, Librarian
Lincoln Elementary Library - Springfield, MA

Homer Street School has been very fortunate to have Link to Libraries’ support and programs contributing to the literacy of our students. Students have benefitted from the wonderful books and readers that have come to our school through the Business Book Link Project, Celebrity Read Aloud Program, Reading Any Place, and the Welcome to Kindergarten Program. Our once empty classroom and school libraries now have many new books for our students to choose from. Many of our students have received brand new books to take home, which is especially crucial to building lifelong literacy. We have made many valuable connections with our community businesses and volunteers through Link to Libraries.

Mary Outhuse, ILS Mathematics
Homer Street School - Springfield, MA
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