Library Unveiling at The Bayard House

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Italo Carrieri-Russo, Vincenza Carrieri- Russo and Susan Conforte McNeill with a representative from the Bayard House at the library’s unveiling, 2003.

On October 25, 2003, Success Won’t Wait, in partnership with The Bayard House of Wilmington, celebrated the unveiling of the new Bayard House Library. The new library is now available as a resource for residents of the Bayard House, a temporary residential facility for at-risk pregnant teens and young women.

The unveiling of the library coincided with National Make a Difference Day. Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions have participated — in 2002 alone, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.

The new library features new furnishings and accessories, and over 1,000 books collected by Success Won’t Wait. Books include works of fiction and non-fiction for recreational reading, children’s picture and chapter books for non-residential clients, and reference books such as dictionaries, thesauri, and a set of encyclopedias, since all residents are required to further their education while staying at the facility .

“The Bayard House has celebrated the birth of over 600 healthy babies,” says Christine Copeman of The Bayard House. “Our girls enter our program with a variety of educational backgrounds, as well as levels of literacy. Since reading is the key and foundation to knowledge, this library will not only help to enhance our residents’ literacy skills, but will affect the lives of their children for generations to come.”

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