Finn Library opens Dr. Suess corner in memory of Diane Toomy

Above: Finn School opened a special corner, thanks to contributions in memory of a long-time staffer. (contributed photos)

Earlier this spring, I was swamped with news and events. There were some newsworthy bits that I just never had a chance to share. Here’s one of them.

This year, Mary Finn School created a special corner in the library. It serves more than one wonderful purpose.

It celebrates a school and kids’ favorite author of books for kids learning to read – Dr. Seuss. It encourages kids to snuggle up and read. And it honors the memory of Diane Roomy, a Finn teacher’s aid who passed away last year. 

The corner is about more than just the aesthetics. As the press release explains, a new collection was formed with more than 250 books for young readers.

Here are the details:

Mary Finn School Library Press Release: Introducing the Dr. Seuss Corner

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In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day on March 3rd, the Mary Finn School Library is pleased to announce the opening of our new “Dr. Seuss Corner.” This section of the library was made possible through generous donations in memory of Diane L. Toomy, a long-time member of the Finn School staff. Diane passed away in September of 2016 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

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The new Dr. Seuss collection numbers more than 250 new books, and includes multiple copies of almost every Dr. Seuss title. In addition, there is the “Cat in the Hat Learning Library,” a series of non-fiction science books featuring Dr. Seuss characters. There are also a number of favorite books written by other authors in the style of Dr. Seuss (from the Random House “Beginner Books” division, founded by: Dr. Seuss and his wife). There are beginner dictionaries, including bilingual, and favorite Dr. Seuss titles in both Spanish/English and Chinese/English. Finally, there are biographies of Dr. Seuss.

The corner has comfortable red benches for the children to sit on. There are Dr. Seuss posters and decals on the walls, as well as cheerful red and white polka dot curtains on the windows. Children will enjoy sharing books with the new Dr. Seuss reading buddies in this special corner of the library.

The Mary Finn School is grateful to the Toomy family for requesting donations in Diane’s memory, and to Mr. James Randell, our principal, for directing these donations to the library. We are thankful for the purchasing and coordination efforts of Finn School librarian, Jean Donlon. We would also like to thank our custodian, Bryan Fantony, for moving bookcases and furniture and for painting. Thanks also go out to Christen Schiavo, our reading specialist, who provided framed posters and interior design consultation, to Christen’s mother, Paula Barnicle, who created a quilt, curtains, and a tablecloth, and to teacher Suzanne Hughes, who put up the wall decals.

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