A program organized by the President’s Staff Advisory Council (SAC) in partnership with the Brown University Bookstore collected nearly 400 books for the school library at the Segue Institute for Learning, a middle school in Central Falls, R.I. Throughout the fall, the Bookstore offered titles selected by Segue’s library staff and teachers for customers to buy at a 15-percent discount. The Segue School book benefit was part of SAC’s pilot program, called “Building Rhode Island — Book by Book,” which has collected approximately 750 books for local nonprofit organizations including Books are Wings and Dorcas Place. SAC member Tanita Sello says they hope to expand the initiative on campus and in the Providence community. “The idea is that we could continue to collect or supply books to agencies in need while also providing staff the opportunity to directly engage in literacy efforts with these groups to help build the community.”

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