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Burlington Schools and Fletcher Free Library offer free books to children

Apr 22 2020, 7:11 PM

The Burlington School District and Fletcher Free Library have joined forces to offer free books to children during the coronavirus pandemic. Books for a variety of ages of students can be picked up by parents at the district’s food pickup sites around Burlington. The books are being provided free by Fletcher Free Library.

“This is a great partnership and we are grateful for Fletcher Free Library for stepping up and providing books to the children in Burlington,” Superintendent Yaw Obeng said in a statement. “… We’re thrilled that our meal sites can serve more than one purpose for families during these uncertain times.”

Obeng noted that the district’s meal sites have been providing free meals to students under 19 years old since the first day of school closure. 

The library will be providing a book for every child at each food pickup location once per week, weather permitting. Staff are ensuring the book distribution is safe — staff wear gloves and masks when handling books, and tables for the books are set up at least 6 feet away from where the food is handed out. Only one family at a time may choose books and families must take home any book that is touched. 

— Sarah Asch