Clowns fill a reading need

"A lot of people rally for the big cause, but Arbor Hill needs it (books) too. Let's not forget our own. There are a lot of good causes around here," said Daniel Driggs, owner of The Book Barn on Route 2 in Latham.

Driggs provided boxes and books to the Masons, Shriners and local clowns.

Since Katrina, Driggs estimates he has given 3,000 books to similar causes. He was ecstatic to learn that the giving would continue but the focus would broaden to include local schools, libraries and communities.

Too often book budgets are cut back to free money for other school purchases, he said. His discount bookstore only offers discounts to teachers. He hopes more books will make their way into schools and was glad to help out with the local Masonic regional book drive, he said. Even if it was unintended.

"It's just the direction it took. Nobody had ever participated in a book drive. As we started reaching out and became aware of the need down south, we became aware of the need locally," said Kleinberger.

In addition to sending books to Bethune elementary, the book drive also distributed hundreds of books to the Schenectady County Public Library and Waterford Town Library to support community summer reading programs.""

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