Lynn Parents Looking For Book Donations For Makeshift School Library

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LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Parents of students at Brickett Elementary School are looking to get book donations to help build up the school's makeshift library.

The school doesn't have a dedicated library of its own, so instead students visit a makeshift one in the cafeteria that consists of several small shelves with stacks of books. Brickett PTO President Amy Butterworth told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy the library is staffed by volunteers like Pam Poppe and Donna Donahue and the students love visiting the makeshift library.

"A lot of elementary schools don't have one, it's not just a Lynn thing," she said. "From what we know from having kids here, it's generally the highlight of the week."

Brickett PTO vice president Alicia Summe said they have big plans to help improve the library at some point, but for now, they're focused on getting donations of new or gently used books to add to the collection.

"The plan is to reimagine the space altogether but we know that takes money," she said. "For now our focus is on getting books."

Butterworth and Summe are looking for a wide range of books to add to the collection, such as popular titles and genres like the Captain Underpants series and books about space and dinosaurs. However, Summe said they are also looking for inclusive books for the school and the city's diverse population.

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"We want them to read and we want them to love reading," she said. "And that's the way you do it, by getting books that they want to read."

Those interested in donating books can reach out to the Brickett PTO on Facebook. They also have an Amazon Wishlist where people can buy books directly for the library.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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