Student plans book fair for Early Head Start program in York

April 04, 2012

Rose Marie Devlin thinks reading and early literacy skills are important, that’s why as part of her internship at the Early Head Start of York County, she is collecting books to give to children during a book fair set for April 19. A senior in the human development and family studies (HDFS) program at Penn State York, Devlin, 31, is in the midst of a book drive and has placed drop off boxes on campus in the lobby of the Main Classroom Building and outside the Lion’s Den of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Books will be gathered through Tuesday, April 17.

Devlin has received support on campus from the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, the Penn State York Bookstore, and the Penn State York Alumni Society. She hopes to have plenty of books for children and their families enrolled in the Early Head Start (EHS) program at the Community Progress Council.

“I chose this project because it will reach some key goals that Early Head Start has for its clients,” said Devlin. “My project will enhance early literacy skills while promoting the bond between parent and child.”

A graduate of York Catholic High School, Devlin has been working at EHS throughout the semester and in addition to collecting books on campus, she has also contacted area businesses for help. EHS serves low income families with children 3 and younger. They provide center-based care as well as home-based services to families as a means of promoting self-sufficiency and personal growth.

The book fair will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and again from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 19. For more information on how to make a donation for the book fair, contact Devlin at

This HDFS major at York is a multidisciplinary program that examines the development of individuals and families across the life span. It enables students to prepare for professional, managerial, or scientific roles in health and human services professions, in public and nonprofit agencies, and in business and industry, as well as for advanced professional or graduate study. Students obtain a broad background in individual and family development across the life span.

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Last Updated April 05, 2012