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Posted Date: 05/20/2023
Norwalk Public Schools, in collaboration with the coalition of NPS unions, are proud to once again celebrate the Reading Opens the World event, an American Federation of Teachers initiative in partnership with First Book. This year, we’re giving away more than 50,000 books for FREE! Come out to Norwalk High School on May 20, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect your books and enjoy a ton of fun activities like storytellers, a petting zoo, hockey lessons with the New York Rangers, and much more.
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Event Map | Mapa de Eventos | Kat Jeyografik Evènman an
First Book Shuttle Service | Primer Libro – Servicio de Transporte | Premye Liv – Sèvis Transpò Navèt
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NPS First Book 2023 will kickoff at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremony. Celebrate the start of this year’s event and hear from those who made it all possible. Following the opening ceremony, the storytellers will get started in the auditorium and volunteers will welcome families into the gymnasium to pick their books. Outside there will be many fun activities and a diverse collection of food trucks for lunch.
What types of books will be available?
We will have books for all age groups. Books will be divided by school level for children and teens. We also will have books written in Spanish.
How do I get there?
Norwalk High School is located at 23 Calvin Murphy Drive. Parking will available at Andrews Field (15 County Street, west of the high school). A small shuttle will be running between the field and the school. Handicap parking will be available on the northeast side of the campus, at the corner of Calvin Murphy Drive and County Street.
Three shuttle buses will be running through the city between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and dropping off at Norwalk High School. Click the link below to see location pick ups for each bus. The last shuttle will leave Norwalk High School at 3:30 p.m. and return to the pickup locations. Shuttle service from the First Book event to City of Norwalk’s “Kids to Parks” event at Calf Pasture Beach will be provided by Bus # 2.
Buses will have their numbers in the window.
First Book Shuttle Service (ENGLISH)
Primer Libro – Servicio de Transporte (ESPAÑOL)
Premye Liv – Sèvis Transpò Navèt (KREYÒL AYISYEN)
Signs will indicate parking areas and shuttle drop off locations.
Do I need to bring anything?
We are encouraging all attendees to bring a bag to fill with books. The bigger the bag, the more books you can carry home!
There will also be two water stations on site to fill empty water bottles.
What is First Book
First Book is a national nonprofit organization that provides access to high-quality, free and low-cost books for programs and schools who serve children in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 100 million new books to thousands of schools and community programs around the country serving children from low-income families.
What’s the importance of providing books to families?
Having books to read – at home and in the classroom – is the number one predictor of reading success. But the reality for millions of children from low-income families is that books are an unaffordable luxury. Without books, and the intervention of great programs and schools, these children are at risk of falling behind in the classroom, the workforce, and beyond.
How can I get involved in this year’s First Book event?
We are asking for people to volunteer to sort the 50,000 books after they are delivered by truck to Norwalk High School on May 16, 17, 18, and 19. On Saturday, May 20, we have volunteer needs for book distribution, setup, general volunteers and clean up.
If you’d like to volunteer, please scroll below for more information or click here to sign up.
If you’d like to donate, please contact Reggie Stokes at email@example.com.
Will transportation to the event be provided?
Yes, we will have free shuttle services from multiple stops around the city. Parking will be limited at the high school, so we encourage people to park at Andrews Field where we will have free shuttles running between the parking lot and Norwalk High School.
How do I volunteer?
Click this link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094bafaf28a3f8ce9-first#/
For questions about volunteering, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
Positions for May 16, 17, 18 and 19
Volunteer Captain - These volunteers will be given a list of volunteers that have registered and information sheets to direct them. The volunteer captain will check in the volunteers and direct them to their assigned position. NOTE: Once all volunteers are checked in, volunteer captains will assist where needed.
Sorting Captains - These volunteers will oversee a team of 3-5 sorting volunteers to unpack boxes and sort them by elementary, middle or high school. We recommend advisors that are bringing student volunteers to select this position so they can work with their students.
Sorting Volunteers - Adult OR Student. These volunteers will work with the sorting captains to unpack the boxes and sort them by elementary, middle or high school. We have slots for adults (over 18) or students (under 18) Students under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a teacher, advisor or parent that should sign up for an adult slot in the same time frame.
Positions for Saturday, May 20:
Volunteer Captain - See above for a description of the role.
Book Distribution Volunteer - May be assigned to oversee the book distribution or other roles as needed.
Event Setup Volunteer - Will assist in setting up the entire event.
Event Volunteer - These volunteers will be assigned to outside events like the bounce house, dunk tank, storyteller tents, author courtyard and activities.
Event Volunteers indoor and outdoor - These volunteers will be assigned to assist at events throughout the campus.
Clean Up Crew volunteer - Help discard any leftover materials, assist maintenance in cleaning up and restoring the gym.
Can my child get volunteer hours for participating in the event?
Yes. Students are encouraged to get their volunteer hours at this event.
We welcome student groups but would like an advisor to also sign up to volunteer in the same time slot, particularly for students under the age of 16.
When do I have to sign up by to volunteer?
We ask that volunteers sign up by May 16.
What activities will be happening at the First Book event?
Activities will include a petting zoo, touch-a-truck, obstacle courses, face painting, character meet and greets, and live storytellers. Don’t forget the books in the gymnasium! See below for the storyteller schedule.
Valerie Tutson – 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. & 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the NHS auditorium
Robin Bady – 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the NHS auditorium
Hear from our partners about this year’s event.
Help us spread the word! First Book 2023 Press Kit