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School supplies pile high at Manlius Library

Pam Burrows, Manlius Library Bookmark Café manager, organizes school supplies to be donated to local schools.

Pam Burrows, Manlius Library Bookmark Café manager, organizes school supplies to be donated to local schools. Provide

— During the month of August, the Manlius Library collected school supplies for children in need attending the three local elementary schools in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

A large cardboard school bus “box” sat on the circulation desk and generous library patrons brought in a wide array of pencils, markers and paper goods to fill the box. The addition of 27 backpacks, 60 boxes of crayons, a dozen binders and pencil boxes soon saw the box piling high and overflowing. Library staff continuously cleared out the box to make room for more donations. At the end of the month almost 350 school supply items were donated to help local students get a great start to the school year.

The idea for the school supplies drive came from Pam Burrows, the library’s Bookmark Café manager. Pam, also an employee of F-M, sees first-hand the surprising number of F-M children who cannot afford basic school supplies. The Manlius Library staff, with a strong commitment to outreach, found the local aspect of the school supplies drive especially gratifying and patrons’ generosity inspiring.

Pam Burrows, Bookmark Café manager, organizes school supplies to be donated to local schools.

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