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Bank donation brings books to R.K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School in Northampton 

PHOTO COURTESY LINK TO LIBRARIES

Florence Savings Bank President John Heaps and  Vice President  Douglas Burr attended a recent presentation of over 200 new books to the library and children at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road  School in Northampton. Pictured with bank officials are Dr. Susan Landry, of Link to Libraries and student and parents who attended the book presentation.

PHOTO COURTESY LINK TO LIBRARIES Florence Savings Bank President John Heaps and Vice President Douglas Burr attended a recent presentation of over 200 new books to the library and children at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School in Northampton. Pictured with bank officials are Dr. Susan Landry, of Link to Libraries and student and parents who attended the book presentation. Purchase photo reprints »

— The R.K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School recently received a donation of over 200 new books courtesy of Florence Savings Bank’s participation in the Link to Libraries non-profit organization’s Business Book Link project.

Link to Libraries was founded in 2008 with the mission of enhancing the language and literacy skills of school children through the donation of new and used books to schools and other non-profit groups.

Susan Jaye-Kaplan, a co-founder of Links to Libraries said when her organization approached Florence Savings Bank there was no hesitation whatsoever.

“They know that that’s a library and a school that really could use our help to update their library’s resources,” she said.

School Principal Margaret Riddle said the school was pleased to receive the donation.

“They called us on the phone, and we were quite surprised, we didn’t know who they were,” she said. “It was a little serendipity, it was definitely surprising.” “We have only the tiniest of budgets, even for other books, and so we rely completely on the generous donations of folks in the community to provide for them. This particular gift — it’s about 200 books — is just incredible generosity,” said Riddle.

Riddle said that the Florence Savings Bank has been a strong supporter of the school over the years.

“They’re a very community-oriented bank,” she said.

According to Jaye-Kaplan, 25 businesses from across the Pioneer Valley have agreed to participate in the project, which requires that they donate $1000 to the organization each year in addition to making a commitment to work with their school of choice over a three year period.

She said that the various businesses have provided a wide range of services to their adopted schools as a result of the project, ranging from financial literacy programs to professional in-class reading sessions and computer education.

Over the past five years, Links to Libraries has donated over 125,000 new books to area non-profits and public schools.The organization is all volunteer, and has no regular paid staff. It gave out 57,000 books in the last fiscal year.

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