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Festival of Books - A Celebration of Reading

A week-long celebration of literacy, Country School’s Festival of Books provided many opportunities to build community, expand libraries and instill a love of reading in students. Perennially one of Parents' Association's biggest fundraisers, the festival once again brought together storytellers and book lovers of all ages.

A book talk launched the event on Monday, Oct. 26 via Zoom. Head of School Aaron Cooper discussed Range, a book by best-selling author David Epstein, about why generalists triumph in a specialized world. Mr. Cooper shared his reflections and noted points of connection to Country School’s values and mission.
Abdi Nor Iftin, author of Call Me an American was featured later in the week. He shared the true story of his heroic survival in war-ravaged Mogadishu and his incredible journey to a new life in America with Middle and Upper School students during the school day and the community at large on Wednesday evening. 

Students in Grades 1-4 enjoyed “PJs & Pizza,” which brought together Country School and Horizons students through Zoom for a fun Tuesday evening of pizza, games and BINGO hosted by Lower School Teacher Mr. Hastings. Students heard stories from beloved Mystery Readers Sean Robb, Lavone Roberson, and NCCS and Horizons dogs (and their owners) Scout and Farley. Pre-recorded stories by members of the NCCS and Horizons faculty and staff were also available to the students throughout the week.

In addition to the Zoom events, emails were sent to the community daily featuring favorite titles from our four Division Heads, School Librarians, School Psychologists and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

“We would like to thank the entire Country School community for its support of this beloved annual Parent Association event” said PA President Liz Keogh. “Although we shared our enthusiasm virtually this year instead of in person, Country School creativity and spirit were on full display. We are so appreciative of the many parents, faculty, staff and students who participated in this year’s Festival of Books and dedicated their time and efforts to ensuring its success!”

Country School gives a special thanks to Festival of Books co-chairs, Kari Davis and Shannon Kieske. PJs & Pizza Chair Devon Suozzi and Vice Chairs Caryn Antonini and Jessica Cardon.

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