The Town of Eastchester, NY, located in Westchester County, participated with great enthusiasm in The GREAT AMERICAN READ.
Guided by the Friends of THIRTEEN, the Eastchester Town Board, under the leadership of Supervisor Anthony S. Colavita, Councilman Joseph Dooley, Library Liaison, and Patricia George, Eastchester Community Liaison; the Eastchester Public Library, led by Tracy Wright, Director of the Eastchester Public Library, and Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of the Westchester Library System; Eastchester Senior Services, Janice Munson; and Eastchester Public Schools (UFSD) Superintendent Dr. Walter Moran and Grace Noone, Public Relations, joined together to promote the joy and power of reading.
Judith H. Blau, Friends of THIRTEEN board member, brought The Great American Read to Eastchester. Mrs. Blau shared that, “Eastchester welcomed The Great American Read on all levels. I am gratified to have witnessed such an exciting response by the residents of my community. I am most impressed by the way the discussions over the books and their stories highlighted the power of words, words that brought joy, excitement and beauty to the many generations who chose to participate. The Great American Read was more than choosing a favorite book, it was an initiative that brought out the spirit of Americans interacting positively with each other.”
The town got-the-word-out to the community to vote nationally for their favorite books and to vote locally in special ballot boxes at 10 locations throughout the community for Eastchester’s favorite book. Eastchester Senior High School, Eastchester Middle School, Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale Elementary Schools, and Waverly Early Childhood Center also voted for their favorite books. More than 1,000 people voted!
After weeks of discussions and voting the winning books were tallied:
- Eastchester Library, Senior Center, Senior High and Middle Schools: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Greenvale Elementary School: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.
- Anne Hutchinson Elementary School 4th – 5th grade: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
- Anne Hutchinson Elementary School 2nd – 3rd grade: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.
- The Waverly Early Childhood Center: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.
“Eastchester is a town rich in history and has its own story. The Town of Eastchester, which includes the Villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, is the tenth oldest town in the US and the second oldest colonial town in Westchester. It was settled in 1664 by ten Puritan families from Connecticut. In 1665, they wrote a list of 27 articles, called the Eastchester Covenant which promoted ‘Christian love and civil honesty’ and is an early example of governance by the people. It survives today at Eastchester Town Hall.
The Marble School House, built in 1835, still stands and is the home of the Eastchester Historical Society. The stone of its façade was quarried in nearby Tuckahoe. The village of Tuckahoe is famous for its marble quarries and other industries up through the 1920s, Tuckahoe marble was used in many famous monuments, including the Washington Monument and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.” – Annmarie Mulhern-Flannery, President of the Eastchester Historical Society.