Hempstead Town Partners with Volunteers to Donate Books to Sandy-Devastated Island Park Library

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony Santino worked with the organization Reading Reflections to deliver books to the Island Park Library, which was devastated in Superstorm Sandy.

Hempstead Town has worked with Reading Reflections in past years, helping the organization find appropriate donation sites and delivering books to those locations. This year when the organization contacted the Town it seemed only appropriate that the new and gently used books be given to the Island Park Library, which has still been unable to open after the October 29th storm devastated the entire Island Park community.

“Island Park was among the communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy with businesses, the post office, schools and even the library forced to close,” said Supervisor Murray. “We are hopeful that this donation of thousands of books will bring the library one step closer to being able to re-open.”

Councilman Santino added, “Many of the children here in Island Park lost all of their personal belongings, including books. I am happy to be able to participate in this program that will make thousands of books available to them once again.”

Reading Reflections was started by two teenage cousins, David Mendelsohn and Max Schneck, in 2005 with the collection of used books for a local preschool. They then began a mission of creating a library in a school in Guyana. The program has expanded from there and is now run by David and Max’s younger siblings, high school students Julia Mendelsohn and Jonathan Schneck. New and used books have been donated by the organization to non-profits and after-school programs on Long Island, Manhattan, Texas and more.

“The Mendelsohn and Schneck families have done so much to enhance the lives and educHempation of children around the country and Hempstead Town is proud to partner with Reading Reflections whenever we are given the opportunity,” concluded Supervisor Murray. “Their willingness to assist those who are less fortunate or have suffered extreme tragedy is truly remarkable.”