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Group of people hold up books at the library
(Back row left to right) Quincy Skinner, Kysheen Skinner, Lee Jarvis, DSP Erika Heyliger, (Front row left to right) Carmen Flores, Nicole Walton, pose with their books at Mamaroneck Public Library.

Residents at a YAI home the Bronx took a day trip to Mamaroneck Public Library on a recent Saturday and came home with some free books.  

“It was great just having them get away from the city,” said Erika Heyliger, a Direct Support Professional at the residence who traveled with the residents.

The group of five took advantage of the book selections at the library and gravitated toward their interests, which included cooking, religion, and spirituality. They were thrilled to also bring home DVDs and CDs.

“Nicole was happy she was able to get a cookbook and was excited to try new recipes with the assistance from staff during the days she makes dinner for her housemates,” said Heyliger.

Carmen Flores, another resident, is an avid reader and took home eight books that she hopes to dive into in the next couple of weeks.

“The group took away community inclusion and interacting with different people, and also an appreciation for reading,” said Heyliger. “I think for them it created a feeling of nostalgia and helped them look forward to the little things in life that are right in our backyard.”