News Release -- Mayor Evans Cuts Ribbon Celebrating Launch of Book Nooks to Promote Childhood Love of Reading

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, Nov. 20, 2023) – Mayor Malik D. Evans celebrated the opening of the City’s new Book Nooks that offer children a selection of culturally significant books and a place to read them.

“Like so many people who love to read, I have wonderful memories from my childhood of being alone with a book in one of my favorite reading spots and being transported to the furthest reaches of my imagination,” said Mayor Evans. “I learned at an early age that the joy of reading is an experience that extends beyond the words on the page to include favorite places to read. By helping our children appreciate the full range of that experience, we are helping them become life-long lovers of reading.”

Book Nooks have been installed in the City’s R-Centers and in the Teen Center in the Loretta C. Scott Center for Human Services, 57 St. Paul St. The books are published for youth in grades K-12 in the R-Centers and 7-12 in the Teen Center. The books cover varied interests and are culturally responsive for all age groups. Youth will have the option to read books on site or to take a book home to read and return to the site.

The books are provided by the Junior Library Guild with funding from the City’s fund to support implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity.


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The Administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans strives to create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone. Guided by the Administration’s Mission, Vision and Values and the principles of the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan, City employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service, transparent stewardship, and collaborative leadership to foster a vibrant community that empowers personal, professional and generational growth for all who live, work or play in the city of Rochester.