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Acadia Book Fair

DSC_0010.JPGThe basketballs were tucked away and book-filled tables lined the floor at the gymnasium inside Northern Light Acadia Hospital. Pediatric patients filed in one by one, sifting through assorted books on the tables at the hospital’s book fair on September 3. From Roald Dahl classics and the Junie B. Jones series, to Guardians of the Galaxy and Pete The Cat, there was a book for every child who wanted one—free of charge.

“I went to book fairs when I was growing up, and I loved them. School has already started. I wanted to give them a chance to have a book fair here. A lot of kids don’t have personal books of their own, and this encourages reading,” explained Liz Guimond, psychiatric technician at Acadia. 

Liz organized the book fair, knowing that the pediatric inpatients might miss out on these events at the start of the school year. She was able to purchase books thanks to a generous donation from Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor donated books to the cause.   

In all, Liz and her fellow volunteers were able to provide 136 books to 41 pediatric patients during the day-long book fair.  When asked to share in writing why they enjoy reading, some of the children shared:

“Fun and calming”
“It’s a coping skill”
“It takes me away”
“I don’t like to read, but I like to be read to”
Liz says the extra books will be stored and used for holiday gift giving.