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The Genet Elementary School Library received 37 free books to add to its collection on Friday courtesy of the Library of Congress and Congressman Paul Tonko.

Genet Librarian Sarah Garno had submitted an application to the Library of Congress’ Surplus Books Program and Congressman Tonko’s office facilitated the request which includes a variety of children’s books in both fiction and non-fiction.

Congressman Tonko delivered the books in person where he spoke with 5th grade students and their teachers about the Library of Congress, the importance of education and his work in Washington, D.C.

“We are very fortunate to have Congressman Tonko visit our elementary school today and donate books that our students will enjoy,” said Principal Wayne Grignon. “Congressman Tonko engaged students in a Q&A that provided them with a snapshot of his job and left students with an inspirational message of finding something that you love to do as you get older and that will make you happy for life.”