A Hauppauge High School freshman is providing a literary lifeline to students in need of books.
Amanda Borowski, in the effort dubbed "Amanda's Book Rescue," has collected more than 10,000 new and gently used books over the past year for distribution to local schools and outreach centers.
Her campaign began with a donation from her own bookshelf after her parents told her a local school was short of age-appropriate books.
"I have a big bookshelf at home, and I just took some books from there," said Borowski, 14. "I love to read, and I wanted to share it with other people."
To promote the book rescue, Borowski said, her parents launched a Facebook page and spread the word via emails and fliers to family and friends. The donations, ranging from children's books to high school textbooks, are stored in the family's garage until distribution.
So far, Borowski estimates her books have been given to about half-a-dozen places, including the Gerald R. Ryan Outreach Center and Martin Luther King Elementary School, both in Wyandanch.
Those interested in donating books can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borowski is a member of her school's theater club and treble choir.