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Islip youth collects 2,000 books in drive


The "Cat in the Hat" app will keep kids entertained in the backseat. Credit: Oceanhouse Media

More than 2,000 books will soon be distributed to elementary- and middle school-aged children in the Town of Islip thanks to a father/daughter-run holiday book drive.

Elizabeth Edwards, a junior at St. John the Baptist in West Islip, with the help of her father, Islip Town Councilman John Edwards, orchestrated a book drive shortly after Thanksgiving to collect age-appropriate books to donate to Youth Enrichment Services. That organization runs the preschool, after-school and summer programs in conjunction with the town within Bay Shore, Brentwood, Central Islip and West Islip.

Councilman Edwards said the children who receive books will be allowed to bring them home and keep them.

“Promoting literacy is greatly enhanced when family members can read among themselves, and hopefully this will encourage more of this in the home,” he said in a news release.

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