Aunt Mary’s Bookshelf, a charity dedicated to encouraging reading recently presented the Community YMCA in North Salem a donation of books for their local Child Care programs.

Aunt Mary’s Bookshelf knows that there are no downsides to reading. The benefits of reading are well known; increased vocabulary, knowledge, stress reduction, entertainment, better writing skills, improved focus, concentration and memory skills.  Their focus is simple - offer books to all children and encourage reading.  

At the YMCA Child Care programs they will now be able to create “Sharing Libraries” and “Y Book Stores” where children are able to bring books home for their enjoyment. They know that sitting down with a book can provide children time for quiet and calmness in their busy lives. They also know the importance of family strengthening and allowing the books to go home will provide more opportunities for parents to bond with their children.

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The Y’s School Age Director, Kayla Hendrickson said “Giving the gift of reading to our children helps them to learn & grow outside the classroom environments. We strive to strengthen family relationships and allowing the children to bring the books home to share was an important step in this process.”

Participants at the Y’s Early Learning Center and School Age programs in North Salem, Somers and Mahopac  were thrilled with the new books and sharing them!

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About Community YMCA

The Community YMCA is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Part of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester (YMCA-CNW) Westchester, it is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that welcomes all people regardless of age, race, religion or economic status and strives to enrich each and every life through a unique, dynamic combination of programs that strengthens spirit, mind and body.  The Community YMCA offers child care, school-age care, camps, aquatics, teen leadership programs in Mahopac, North Salem, Somers & surrounding communities.  They are proud partners with more than a dozen school districts, serving more than 400 children every day in after school programs, camps, & Early Learning Centers for Toddler & Preschool children. The organization serves approximately 11,000 adults and youth (700 daily) each year from three branches: White Plains YMCA, Community YMCA in North Salem, and Camp Combe YMCA in Putnam Valley.