by Nicole Reitz
Recognizing Oswego County recently presented Terie Delahunt-Daino with the group’s March Literacy Award. Recognizing Oswego County committed the month of March to finding individuals or groups that promote literacy awareness in Oswego County.
Daino is a former executive director of Literacy Volunteers in Oswego for nine years. During her time with Literacy Volunteers, she created an autonomous 501(C)3 organization to help the organization expand and maximize funding opportunities.
Since then, she has been involved in literacy awareness in some respect, whether it be co-founding the Bookmobile or serving as a consultant to other literacy organizations.
Daino is the volunteer project coordinator for the Bookmobile, which is a spin-off of Community Read.
Driving Books Home is a free non-lending mobile library for children ages five to 18. It is a project brought to the greater Oswego County community by the Oswego YMCA. Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego and the Oswego Public Library.
The group purchased an old bus and the Oswego City School District helps by maintaining the vehicle.
The program receives donations of books from the community and local businesses. Daino is grateful to the donors that help make the program possible. The Bookmobile is staffed by volunteers and AmeriCorps members while RSVP volunteers often lend a hand.
“We got a nice mix of nominations through out Facebook page and e-mails,” said ROC co-chair Abby Jenkins.
Daino was nominated by Jen McNulty Suydam via Facebook for her heartfelt contributions and exceptional work to improve literacy in the community.
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Daino. “I am more of a behind-the scenes-person. I’m just doing what I really enjoy doing. It takes a whole group of people, not just me, so this award belongs to a greater group.”
In April, Daino will participate in World Book Night and give away a case of books.
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