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Inspiring a Love of Reading Through Book Donation

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 11:46 AM
Book Donation Photo resized 600Olivia Castonguay (from left), Sinead Garvey and Sydney Castonguay showcase just a few of the children's books they donated to HAC's free library yesterday.

One day Holyoke’s Sydney Castonguay wants to become a teacher. This week she gave her first unofficial lesson to children on Cape Cod when she donated close to 200 books to HAC’s free library on West Main Street in Hyannis.

“Education is so valuable,” 18-year-old Sydney said, imparting her first lesson: “You can’t go anywhere in life if you can’t read.”

So Sydney along with her 14-year-old sister Olivia, a ninth grader at West Springfield High School, and her sister’s classmate Sinead Garvey, 14, spent yesterday morning delivering children’s books to HAC in an effort to inspire those younger than them to read.

HAC’s library, which was opened in the late 1990’s, is located in the reception area at 460 West Main Street, offering free books for children and adults who visit the office. Donations come from staff, bookstores, schools, libraries and those like Sydney.

About three weeks ago Sydney, whose family has a home in West Dennis, started collecting books from friends and family members and encouraging strangers to donate books in boxes left at the South Dennis Public Library and West Dennis Public Library.

“I live and work on Cape Cod in the summer and was looking for a place that takes donations of books and gives them to people that need them and found you,” Sydney said on why she elected to donate them to HAC.

Sydney, who will start her freshman year at Westfield State University next month, said she was excited to give back to the Cape community in this way. “Just knowing there are kids that need books and there are people like myself and others that have them to give them,” she said, was her motivation for her to undertake the book drive.

Tags: HAC, Reading, HAC Library, Books, Sydney Castonguay, Olivia Castonguay, Sinead Garvey