Year of the Book a big success

On Wednesday, Dr. Crisp Elementary School concluded its Year of the Book program with a celebration that focused on reading and a visit from an author that taught students how to bellow like howler monkeys.

The program was the result of a $25,000 grant that gave each student 10 free books to take home, bought new books for both the Dr. Crisp Library and the Nashua Public Library, and arranged for several author visits throughout the school year.

“It has been the most amazing year for our children,” Principal Cherie Fulton said.

Authors and illustrators Jon and Pamela Voelkel, who told the kids they have the best jobs in the world, entertained and wowed the students, transporting them to far-away places.

Pamela Voelkel told the kids that reading “books can take you anywhere you want to go.”

Grants like this serve an important purpose, especially in areas like Nashua, where school and library funding can be sparse.

Not only does the school system benefit but, especially in this case, the students reap rewards with free books that can spark a lifelong passion for reading and learning.

Like the Little Free Libraries, done in partnership with local businesses and the United Way of Greater Nashua, this program is invaluable and has a positive impact on our city that will last for many years to come.