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Festival of Books - A Celebration of Reading

A 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 the Parents' Association's biggest fundraisers, the festival once again brought together storytellers and book lovers of all ages.


Early Childhood Virtual Bedtime Stories, an evening read aloud, launched the week’s activities, Nov. 2. Members of the Early Childhood community and their families got cozy in their pajamas and comfortable in their homes and logged on to hear Beginners 4/5 Teacher Mrs. Bean and Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. McKinney read seasonal favorites, A Boy and His Bunny and Fletcher and the Falling Leaves.

A book sale of new Scholastic books was held in the school’s Athletics & Wellness Center throughout the week and online sales continued through Nov. 17. The Head of School, Division Heads, School Librarians, School Psychologists,  and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion all made book recommendations which were identified in a special display. These books are traditionally big sellers as shoppers love the personal recommendations of these respected educators.

New and gently used Grades 1-10 level books were also collected throughout November and in partnership with Turning Pages, will be distributed during the Horizons winter program to students at a book fair on the last day of the program.

“We would like to thank the entire Country School community for its support of this beloved annual Parent Association event,” said PA President Gwen Golden. “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 2021 Festival of Books co-chairs, Westy LeConey, Emily Overbay and Nicole Harder and Vice Chairs Kristie Godina, Lizzie Anderson (Tocks) and Katherine Lantuch-Rizzo.
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