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Bowling Green and McVey K-Kids Jointly Complete Governor’s Project

Spanning over 6 months from the original idea to its final unveiling, the Bowling Green and McVey K-Kids celebrated their completion of Kiwanis Governor Al Norato’s Governors Project promoting literacy by holding the Grand Opening of their Little Free Library on September 26, 2013.

The Bowling Green and McVey K-Kids Little Free Library was placed on the Pediatrics Unit of the Nassau University Medical Center thanks to the support of NUMC Kiwanis Club President Linda Walsh.

The K-Kids’ Little Free Library differs from a traditional library in that books may be borrowed and read but need not be returned. The Little Free Library encourages pediatric patients and visitors to take home the books and keep them. Patients and others may also donate books to the library for the enjoyment of other children.

This extended project began after the K-Kids learned of the Little Free Library Program online at After doing a little research into the program, the K-Kids began the process of securing funds to purchase a Little Free Library. As she often does, LISC Kiwanis Lt. Governor-Designate Ann Torcivia made a generous donation from the Joey Foundation for the purchase of the Little Free Library.

Next, the K-Kids were given templates of each of the Little Free Library’s sides and roof and were asked to submit their design ideas. The K-Kids’ designs were handed off to the Nassau University Medical Center’s art therapists who beautifully combined them and painted the Little Free Library.

Thanks to book donations from many sources, including a very generous donation arranged by Bethpage Central Park Kiwanis Club President Joanne Foley, the Little Free Library was unveiled with a surplus of books.

At the Grand Opening, Bowling Green K-Kids DIPP Kira, Club President Aline and McVey K-Kids President Zack presented the Governor’s Project Banner Patch Request Form to LISC Divisional Governors Project Chair DPLG Warren Kalmanson. After the official unveiling, the K-Kids members in attendance stocked the Little Free Library with a selection of new books and free bookmarks.

Bowling Green K-Kids Faculty Advisor Lt. Governor-Elect Rich Santer and McVey K-Kids Kiwanis Advisor Carla Vultaggio enjoyed having the two clubs work together. The advisors hope that the K-Kids can continue working together to host read-alouds for patients and other projects to maintain the Little Free Library.

The K-Kids are excitingly waiting to receive their Governor’s Project Banner patches.
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