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Chapppaqua Library!  

November 14, 2018


Dear Chappaqua School District Families,


Happy Chappaqua Reads - Chappaqua Includes Book Distribution Day!  

Chappaqua Reads - Chappaqua Includes is a joint partnership of the Chappaqua PTA and the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival with support from the Chappaqua Library, the Chappaqua Central School District, Scattered Books and the New Castle Town Recreation Department.  It is a year-long celebration of empathy, inclusion and the love of reading.


Today, every family in Chappaqua with children in middle or elementary school will receive a copy of El Deafo by Cece Bell.  Unless you have chosen to opt out, please check your youngest child’s backpack for your family’s copy of the book!  Greeley Librarians will have 100 copies available for any high school students without younger siblings who would also like a copy.


El Deafo is a graphic memoir written by Cece Bell.  At age 4, Cece contracted meningitis which left her profoundly deaf.  The story follows Cece through her early years in school.  With humor and honesty, Cece Bell gives readers a look into her life, as she learns to live with, accept and finally find strength in her differences.


Every elementary school and middle school child will receive a “Find Cece” bookmark.  We encourage your kids to visit the businesses and shops in Chappaqua and Millwood to locate eight or more Cece cut-outs.  Instructions for the “Find Cece” Hunt can be found printed on the bookmark.


We hope everyone enjoys El Deafo.  As a graphic memoir, it is accessible to a wide range of readers.  However, new and emerging readers may need support.


If you would like to know more about this award winning novel, check out the Washington Post's El Deafo book review, Why Everyone Should Read This Graphic Memoir.  

Book distribution is just a small part of Chappaqua Reads - Chappaqua Includes.  We hope you saw the fantastic StoryWalk® created by the Chappaqua Library and presented in Gedney Park by the Town of New Castle Rec Department.  Programs and events are planned at the Chappaqua Library, in all schools in the Chappaqua Central School District, in town, and after school.   Please visit https://chappaquapta.membershiptoolkit.com/home for events and activities throughout the school year.


                                                                           Jessica Cadorine

                                                                          Chappaqua PTA President


The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.


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